A Life Sentence: How the Study of Ongoing Incest During Adulthood Informs us About the Nature of Organised Abuse

About the Course:

Ongoing incest during adulthood almost invariably incorporates one or more forms of organised sexual and other abuse – whether it be multi-generational familial sexual abuse, the involvement of groups of workmates and others associated with the father, organised child and adult prostitution, or groups of abusers associated with churches or cults. Assessment of the victims of such abuse indicates that all have Dissociative Identity Disorder and that in general they are more dissociative than those with DID whose abuse has largely ended. The manipulation of such victims by their abusers often incorporates psychological conditioning and the direct and knowing accessing of alter states, which extends to the planned creation of compliant alters. The fine-grained study of this form of abuse informs us about many of the psychological processes (on the part of both abusers and victims) that underly organised abuse.

Publication Date:

43385

Author

Warwick Middleton, MB BS, FRANZCP, MD

About the Author:

Professor Middleton holds honorary appointments as Adjunct Professor, at the School of Public Health, La Trobe University, Melbourne, at the School of Behavioural, Cognitive & Social Sciences, University of New England, and at the Psychology Department, College of Science, University of Canterbury. He is Associate Professor, School of Medicine, University of Queensland. Professor Middleton has made substantial and ongoing contributions to the trauma and bereavement literature and was the primary architect in establishing Australia’s first inpatient/day hospital program for individuals with complex trauma/dissociative disorders in January 1997. He was the principal author of the first published series of individuals with DID to appear in the Australian scientific literature. He has had extensive involvement in teaching, including providing seminars and workshops as well as the supervision of health professionals. He chairs the Cannan Institute.

Course Objectives:

  1. Form an objective appreciation of the true scale of ongoing incestuous abuse during adulthood.

  2. Explain a working model that defines the psychological characteristics of both abusers and their victims and the true nature of the extent and duration of such abuse.

  3. Discuss ongoing incestuous abuse during adulthood provides a set of circumstances and psychological processes that informs us about the wider issues of organised abuse in general.

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