Thursday, February 02, 2006

Study: Molestation Strongest Holocaust Trauma

I found this study very interesting. It says that sexual abuse traumas have greater effect on survivors than any other experienced during Holocaust years.
A new study conducted at the Haifa University reveals that Holocaust survivors who suffered sexual abuse during World War II were much more traumatized by molestation than by any other of the horrifying experiences they went through during that period...

Prof. Rachel Lev-Wiesel, who conducted the research, said that although the survivors experienced other traumatic events during the holocaust, including the loss of parents, physical abuse and hunger, the memory of sexual abuse remained etched in their minds more than anything else.

"This abuse still causes incessant thoughts on the subject and nightmares," Lev-Wiesel said.

Coincidentally at the time, I happened to be reading a trilogy of novels set in the future - er, otherwise known as sci-fi - Warchild, Burndive and Cagebird, by Karin Lowachee, which deal with children orphaned or otherwise bereaved during War, effected by a pirate culture where molestation has become normative. The various novels deal with how they overcomes their situations, while being also unable to eradicate the whole of the trauma.

Reading the study after I had finished the trilogy affirmed the strong research and powerful presentation in the novel.


At 9:01 AM, Anonymous Paul said...

This is truely sad !!


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