Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (MSbP) perpetrators have been shown to sexually abuse their victims in a signature way — by repeatedly conducting painful ritual inspection, cleaning, and infection of their victims’ genitals which results in trauma and injury to the victim. While this sexual abuse is very serious, it generally is overlooked in both researching and prosecuting MSbP cases.
The purpose of this series of blog posts is to inform the community of this serious type of sexual abuse that is now being overlooked.
Researchers and journalists have actually reported on MSbP cases that probably included this type of sexual abuse, but the writers missed this angle. I will give scientific examples where I think this occurred in Part 4.
Medical sexual abuse seems bizarre, and makes anyone wonder what kind of mental state a perpetrator is in to do these acts. Part 5 applies Western allopathic medicine perspectives to explain how medical sexual abuse fits into an overall Western medicine diagnostic picture.
Why this type of bizarre sexual abuse? I believe this can be understood in the greater context of the MSbP perpetrator’s overall motives. I am a victim of this type of abuse, and I feel a victim’s perspective is helpful in understanding the perpetrator’s motive because it provides an “inside view”.
In Part 6 in this series, I explain what memories I have that should have been clues that I survived this type of abuse, but due to my own ignorance and the ignorance of others in the healthcare system, these clues were missed. In Part 7, I will explain a dream I had, which is another clue that was particularly helpful to me in figuring out a motive for my mother, who is the perpetrator, engaging in this behavior.
Finally, in Part 8, I will piece together what really happened, and I will point to how this particular type of abuse can lead to permanent disability that facilitates the MSbP perpetrator’s ability to continue to victimize the victim through the victim’s permanent dependence on the perpetrator.
Please note that throughout this series, I will use the gender-neutral pronoun “she”, acknowledging that men can also be perpetrators. It’s easier than saying “s/he” all the time, and the majority of perpetrators are women anyway.
Want to know more about how MSbP perpetrators are investigated?
Read this very thorough book by Kathryn Artingstall.
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