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Monday, September 1, 2014
Sibling Incest and Abuse
I am a psychotherapist, LCSW, and have seen an adult woman who says her sister came to her bed for safety/comfort at ages less then five. I have seen a man whose four year older sister came to his bed for the same reasons. Both were upper middle class with distant, somewhat frightening parents. Both started sexual play-oral and manual. Both thought of it as loving and fun. Both have suffered as adults. I am not near any good libraries and can find nothing from the Web or colleagues. Is there any serious research on this? Any contact points?
I am not a therapist and cannot direct you to any pertinent literature. However, you may need to consider your reporting responsibilities if your clients are disclosing sexual abuse to you.
Robert Shapiro, MD
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati