chapter  6
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To help sexually abusive children identify their victims' feelings about being sexually abused.


Two chairs placed facing each other within the circle of group members.


Children use the double-chair technique (Perls, 1969) to roleplay a conversation with one of their victims. A child acts out both parts and switches chairs as he/she speaks for each character. The child's questions to his/her victim must stay focused on the victim's feelings. When the child role-plays the victim, he/she speaks as if the victim were expressing feelings about the abuse to the abusive child.