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Science  12 Mar 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5971, pp. 1329-1330
DOI: 10.1126/science.1187716

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The Trauma Myth The Truth About the Sexual Abuse of Children—and Its Aftermath by Susan A. Clancy Basic Books, New York, 2010. 252 pp. $25, C$31.95, £14.99. ISBN 9780465016884.

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Clancy argues that children generally do not experience abuse as traumatic when it occurs but that often the trauma develops later, when "therapeutic culture dictates to victims how they should feel about their experience."