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The Ultimate Betrayal
The Ultimate Betrayal

The Ultimate Betrayal

The Enabling Mother, Incest and Sexual Abuse


200 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, Mobipocket, EPUB, PDF

Trade Paper, $12.95 (CA $17.95) (US $12.95)

Publication Date: September 2006

ISBN 9781884365409

Rights: WOR

See Sharp Press (Sep 2006)


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Addresses the role of the mother in cases of incest and sexual molestation

This pioneering self-help book takes a close look at a topic that has been ignored or downplayed by other books on incest and childhood sexual abuse: that the non-perpetrating parent usually bears a great deal of responsibility for the child's abuse. In this examination of the complicated dynamics of abuse, the enabling mother is not treated as a victim, rather as an adult responsible for her failure to protect her child. Self-help exercises are interspersed with case histories and analytical material throughout the book, useful to both survivors and therapists.


"A vitally needed, significant contribution to the field."  —Robert Kafes, director, Mental Health Services, Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault

Author Biography

Audrey Ricker, PhD, is a practicing psychologist, the author of Backtalk for Grandparents and Their Grandchildren, and the coauthor of Backtalk: 4 Steps to Ending Rude Behavior in Your Kids and Bad Attitude: Reverse Your Child's Rudeness in 1 Week—with Food. She works as a therapist at the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault in Tucson, where she has treated hundreds of survivors of incest, sexual abuse, and rape. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.