Survivors of Incest Anonymous
for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse

Covert Incest



The dictionary commonly defines incest as “Sexual relations between people who are related through the bond of family and/or marriage.” In SIA, we define incest broadly, incorporating abuse from adults outside the family. We focus on the emotional impact of this abuse of power between a child and an adult caregiver or family friend/acquaintance. What matters is that an adult betrayed the innocent child’s trust and this traumatic betrayal carried a sexual aspect to it. In fact, the damaging effects of incest can manifest in the child, or later in the adult abused as a child, even if the child is never touched. This is referred to as covert incest. 

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