Sunday, February 25, 2007

Bill O'Reilly And Pathology Behind Child Sexual Abuse Accomodation Syndrome

Bill O'Reilly isn't happy with the reaction he's gotten after his appearance on Oprah, considering that he's never apologized for an earlier insulting remark about Shawn Hornbeck.

O'Reilly: I say the far-left loons who took my analysis out of context are despicable. These people haven't done a single thing to protect kids from danger in this country. Our reporting on the Hornbeck case has been dead-on accurate.
Since I believe this statement is nonsense and since I blogged against O'Reilly's questioning of Shawn Hornbeck's motivation for staying, I must be one of those people who hasn't done a single thing to protect kids from danger in our country.

Over nine years on my local sexual assault crisis line ain't got nothing to do with protecting kids from sexual violence, no sir.

To explain his comments, Bill O'Reilly refers to Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome which was developed by Roland Summit, M.D.

Nine years after Summit published his original paper, he observed that the CSAAS "is a clinical observation that has become both elevated as gospel and denounced as dangerous pseudoscience."30 The reason for this dichotomy is that the CSAAS has been misunderstood and misapplied to legal cases involving child sexual abuse.31 Some practitioners and prosecutors have viewed the CSAAS as a diagnostic tool that can establish sexual abuse.32 [...]

CSAAS is socially, not clinically, determined. It reflects the pathology not of a child who can't convince us of his or her experience, but of an adult society which won't be convinced.38 ... Evaluation of the responses of normal children to sexual assault provides clear evidence that societal definitions of normal victim behavior are inappropriate and procrustean, serving adults as mythic insulators against the child's pain. Within this climate of prejudice, the sequential survival options available to the victim further alienate the child ... [and] ironically, the child's inevitable choice of the "wrong" options reinforces and perpetuates the prejudicial myths.39

What this says is that reactions such as Bill O'Reilly's original comment which was "taken out of context" contribute to the root cause of this puzzling behavior by victims.

It is us adults, not child victims who have the real pathological behavior and cognative problems. Victims, especially child victims, are simply trying to navigate a confusing array of exploitation, prejudice and denial.

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