The dead little girl

David S. Ribner

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Despite our sensitivity to the suffering experienced by adult clients, victims of childhood sexual abuse, echoes of these events continue to reverberate throughout their lives. Rarely does a client afford us more than a glimpse into the agony caused by those traumatic experiences. This paper describes the treatment of a woman whose initial complaint centered on a lack of desire for sexual contact with her husband. As the case evolved, she began to recall childhood traumatic experiences that had remained long repressed. Her literary talent allowed a level of expression not often available in the therapy setting. Excerpts from her writings provide a unique dimension to this case description.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-85
Number of pages15
JournalSexual and Relationship Therapy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2006


  • Childhood sexual abuse
  • Defense mechanism
  • Sex and religion
  • Sex therapy


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