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childhood sexual abuse, environment, lesbian, narrative, substance misuse



  1. Hall, Joanne M. RN, PhD


This article explores the geography of childhood sexual abuse by describing characteristics of the home, school, and community environments in which abused girls grew up.Results of this focused life story research involving 20 women survivors who narrated their childhood experiences suggest a topography of 20 distinct characteristics integral to the milieux of these abusive childhood homes. Dynamics of the home environment were reinforced in school and community environments. Implications for prevention and early, environmentally based interventions for girls at risk of abuse and retraumatization are discussed.