Sibling abuse, whether sexual or physical, can have many detrimental effects on the growth of a child. It usually occurs when a dominant older sibling verbally, physically, or sexually abuses a younger sibling. In some instances, parents disregard the abuse as being “normal” sibling rivalry and they don’t intervene. If you observe signs of any type of sibling abuse in your children, then you should remember the following dos and don’ts:
These dos and don’ts will help you to handle the sibling abuse situations better. But you have to accept the fact that in certain instances, your children will require a therapy program to deal with their issues. STAR Guides Wilderness offers therapy programs for victims, as well as offenders, and teaches them to cope with their issues and lead a healthy and fulfilling life.
Matt is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working in the field of youth treatment and psychotherapy since 1995. He did his undergraduate work at BYU and earned his M.S.W. at the University of Utah. He has worked in a variety of treatment setting in his career ranging from wilderness therapy and residential treatment to outpatient treatment and state government.