The Tattooed Lady!

Recently I read this article about tattooing as a way to reclaim your body and your autonomy. This resonated with me on a professional and personal level. Young (1992) argues that for a person who has not experienced trauma, the physical environment is divided into ‘me’ and ‘not me.’ The physical boundary between ‘me’ and... Continue Reading →

Evil

It's been a while since I blogged. I've been typing up interview transcripts - a long and complex job and investigating future possibilities - more of those in later blogs. Now the University teaching year has started I've been teaching seminars and covering my supervisor's lectures about the sociology of evil. It's really interesting stuff... Continue Reading →

May 2018 Research Update

I've reached an important point in my research - the data gathering bit is finished and next I will analyse it all. There are 141 survey responses and 21 interviews. I will transcribe every interview (those that were recorded) which is taking me 5 hours/ish for each hour recorded. I'm aiming to get that done... Continue Reading →

Do the Abused become Abusers?

Short answer: Not in general, no. Long answer follows below. Most studies into offending get their data by asking child abuse offenders if they experienced sexual abuse as children (CSA), with many reporting that they did. It has been pointed out that their word is not necessarily reliable and they may have other reasons for... Continue Reading →

December 2017 Research Update

I thought it was time that I update you all on how the research is going. I've had 79 responses to the survey so far. Thank you so much to everyone who has taken the time to fill it in. There are responses from people of different ethnicities, abilities and ages (from 18-70+). The majority... Continue Reading →

Ready, Steady, Go!

I'm really pleased that my survey passed ethics approval at the University of Sheffield. I was concerned before I started my PhD that it would be tricky as people who have experienced abuse are seen (in general) as inherently 'vulnerable.' My argument has always been that whilst people who have experienced abuse might have mental... Continue Reading →

It’s not just about counselling

My research is looking at recovery from childhood sexual abuse (CSA). As a survivor I think that recovery is about much more than counselling, it's about how we relate to others, how we explain life, how we see ourselves, how we express ourselves - and much more. You might have a different opinion. I've got... Continue Reading →

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