chapter  2
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PROTEST: EXPRESSING THE ANGER AND FEAR

Professionals who deal with abused children or adults, and the patients themselves, have often wondered why the patients didn't protect themselves, why they didn't stop what was happening. or why they didn't at least protest. The answer is not easy, but it lies in the fact that children will do whatever they have to in order to survive. Survival is the predominant drive, and if protesting might make the situation worse for them, then they will not protest. They will accept the situation no matter how awful it seems. The alternative for most children is for the family either to mistreat them more severely or to reject them. The thought of rejection keeps chi ldren from protesting. and it becomes a way oClire for the adults.