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I really love your web site. Although it was very informative I am looking for any literature on why dads abuse their daughters. Do you have any information on this? I just want to know why, does it come from their childhood? Anything you could send me or direct me to would be greatly appriciated. Sincerely, Debbie

I don't think there is any one reason why fathers abuse their daughters. In many instances, boys that were abused go on to abuse, so this may be the case. As awful as it is, I have also heard justifications for it--"well, I'd rather have her lose her virginity to me than a stranger." And still other times, I think that it is purely about control. Because I am not an expert, below are both books and organizations that I recommend you reference/contact.



The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis (Perennial Library/Harper & Row, 1988). An analysis and a personal workbook.

By Silence Betrayed: Sexual Abuse of Children in America (Little, Brown & Co., New York, NY; 1988). A journalistís overview of the abuse of male and female children, with chapters on legal recourse, therapy, and prevention.

For Your Own Good: Hidden Cruelty in Childrearing and the Roots of Violence (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York, NY; 1990.)

She Who Was Lost Is Remembered: Healing from Incest Through Creativity. (Seal Press, Seattle, WA; 1991).

Father/Daughter Incest by Judith Herman (and other books by her, too).


Coalition Against the Sexual Abuse of Young Children
5323 Nebraska Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20015
tel: (202) 966-7138

National Center for Protective Parents
tel: (609) 394-1506
fax: (609) 394-2574
contact: Joan Pennington

The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)

I hope these help.


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