When victims of abuse are inadvertently or intentionally mistreated by the people they thought they could trust with their story, we identify this experience as Double Abuse®. Last month, we blogged on Double Abuse® and its many detrimental effects, but in this blog, we are highlighting examples of various ways people and institutions enact Double Abuse®.
It’s critical to understand how this secondary form of abuse can play out so that we can prevent it and educate others on how to create a safe space for victims and avoid doing further harm. Anyone can Double Abuse®, including medical personnel, therapists, parents, teachers, pastors, and friends. Here are a few examples: