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Ginette Raimbault, Patrick Ayoun, Luc Massardier

Addressing Incest

In this book, three psychiatrists study the cases of young women who were incest victims ten years ago and who now live in a home for victims of sexual abuse. The psychiatrists worked not only with the victims but also with their abusers and families. They examine what we know about incest and how it is addressed.
They warn against a fatalistic attitude toward incest; they also warn against the trivialisation or the sanctification of the incest trauma.
Drawing on their long experience, the authors give us a complete examination of the trauma, and they explain what should be done to ensure that incest victims are heard and receive adequate treatment. The authors emphasise that the family as a whole must be treated and not just the victims.

Ginette Raimbault is a child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst and a former director of research at the Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Medical (INSERM). She has dedicated her working life to the study of children’s psychological-affective disorders. She is the author of Lorsque l’enfant disparaît and the co-author (with Caroline Eliacheff) of Les Indomptables: Figures de l’anorexie, both published by Editions Odile Jacob.
Luc Massardier is a practising psychiatrist at Hôpital Sainte-Anne, Paris, and works as a consultant for the penitentiary system.
Patrick Ayoun is a child psychologist and psychoanalyst at the Crisis Centre for Adolescents, in Bordeaux.