Rape victims benefit from group therapy

30th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

30 October 2007, AMSTERDAM (dpa) - Group therapy helps teenage girls who have been sexually assaulted or raped, the national psycho-trauma centre for children and youth of the Utrecht University Medical Centre said on Monday.

30 October 2007

AMSTERDAM (dpa) - Group therapy helps teenage girls who have been sexually assaulted or raped, the national psycho-trauma centre for children and youth of the Utrecht University Medical Centre said on Monday.

The centre has developed a new kind of group therapy for victims of sexual abuse.

The new therapy, called STEPS, has been designed to reduce the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among teenagers who have fallen victim to sexual violence.

The idea is to enable the girls to share their experiences with other girls in small groups of no more than four.

According to the researchers, the girls benefit from sharing their experiences with peers who have gone through a similar situation. The girls say they feel supported by their peers.

In 2005 the Rutgers Nisso Groep, a sexual research institute, found that one out of six girls between the ages of 12 and 25 has been forced to engage in some kind of sexual activity against their will.

[Copyright dpa 2007]

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