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Working with Survivors of Sibling Sexual Abuse

A Guide to Therapeutic Support and Protection for Children and Adults
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Sibling sexual abuse is considered to be one of the most common forms of child sexual abuse within the family setting, yet it is often ignored, downplayed or denied in spite the impact on survivors.


Shining a spotlight on the hidden phenomenon, Christiane Sanderson provides a rigorous account of the nature and dynamics of sibling sexual abuse. She provides a clear explanation of the difference between developmentally appropriate, consensual sexual exploration and developmentally inappropriate, non-consensual sexual behaviour. The focus is on how these behaviours impact the sibling being harmed, the sibling who is harming, the wider family and adult survivors.


This book is essential reading for anyone involved in assessing, supporting, safeguarding or treating individuals or families impacted by sibling sexual abuse and all those working with adult survivors.
  • Published: Feb 21 2024
  • Pages: 224
  • 228 x 152mm
  • ISBN: 9781805011262
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Press Reviews

  • Mick Cooper, Professor of Counselling Psychology, University of Roehampton

    Research on sibling sexual abuse is limited, and its impact can be overlooked or marginalised. In this important new book, Christiane Sanderson-a world-leading expert on counselling with trauma -lifts the lid on sibling sexual abuse, providing an original, practical, and insightful guide to therapeutic understandings and practices in this area.
  • Simon Hackett, Professor of Child Abuse and Neglect, Durham University

    Christiane Sanderson, writes with clarity about a complex topic, carefully presenting the evidence and writing sensitively, empathically, and practically about what can be done to address sibling sexual abuse. The book is remarkable in its ability to speak to survivors, professionals, and parents alike.