The Path of Resistance: How Children and Youth Resist Abuse When Abuse Continues Post-Disclosure.
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This thesis aims to investigate children’s processes of resisting abuse after they disclosed the abuse but the abuse continued. It also explores the therapeutic value of talking to survivors about their experiences of having been abused using a language of responses that highlights their resistance to abuse. The results indicate that children do indeed resist abuse by, among a range of other behaviours, telling someone about it, and that their resistance continues when the disclosure does not stop the abuse. Moreover, the findings suggest that survivors experience conversations that elucidate the ways in which they resisted the abuse to be helpful, motivating, and empowering.