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CBC Radio 1 – The Current

May 31, 2016 – “The not so safe sanctuary of home”

Hear playwright Lorene Stanwick, along with two other survivors of sibling abuse, in discussion with Anna Maria Tremonti.


May 13, 2016 –  “Sibling bullying 'has the greatest impact,' says parenting expert”

The discussion that prompted so many letters that The Current invited Lorene and two other respondents into the studio for a conversation.

Sibling Bullying and Risk of Depression, Anxiety, and Self-Harm: A Prospective Cohort Study

The research that was featured on CBC’s The Current, May 13, 2016

Dr. Vernon Wiehe, author of several books about sibling abuse


Radio interview

Dr. Vernon Wiehe discusses what sibling abuse is; how it differs from sibling rivalry; how children ‘learn’ to be abusive; lifelong affects; and what parents can do to ensure their children are safe (29 min)

 … a list of Dr. Wiehe's books

 … a must-read:

Sibling Abuse: Hidden Physical, Emotional, and Sexual Trauma by Dr. Vernon Wiehe

A 2013 study of 3600 children (link to New York Times Blog)   (link to the full report)

 ‘… a third of the children in the study reported being victimized by a brother or sister in the previous year, and their scores were higher on measures of anxiety, depression and anger’

Other resources

A concise resource from the University of Michigan Health System

Sibling Sexual Abuse: A Guide for Parents a publication by the Public Health Agency of Canada

Some good information on sibling abuse, including some brief examples by survivors

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study

Important research on the long-term impact of early traumatic experiences on both mental and physical health


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