Reclaiming lives from sexual violence— Tim Donovan


This article demonstrates the application of the theory and practices of narrative therapy to counselling men who have been subject to childhood sexual violence. It presents an illustrative case of the author’s work with a man who was sexually abused as a child by a clergy member at his church and school. A narrative approach supported the man to gain new understandings of his experiences of sexual violence, and also of the values and skills he had maintained and developed through these experiences. He was able to move from feeling that the abuse de ned him to seeing himself as a person of integrity who was able to use his experiences to contribute to the lives of others.