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Ruthie Norman, LICSW, is a clinical therapist providing trauma-focused and sexual abuse recovery treatment to children ages 3 and up. She earned her BA from UMass, Amherst, and her MSW from Springfield College. Desensitized: The New Normal? is a multimedia project that synthesizes her phenomenological studies at Rutgers– The State University of New Jersey with her passion for helping parents navigate the silent, normalized, epidemic of hyper-sexualization in our culture.

Ruthie Norman’s research interests focus on trauma, sexually exploited youth, and the prevention and treatment of sexual abuse. In addition to her academic work, she is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Post Disaster Distress (CBT-PD), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) for Children and Parents, and Preventing the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Girls.

Ruthie Norman’s clinical experience includes extensive experience working in the prevention and recovery treatment of child sexual abuse, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and intensive family therapy.  She currently provides recovery treatment to child sexual abuse survivors and their non-offending caregivers as well as provides intensive in home family therapy. In addition, she provides consultations and education to area medical staff, schools, and community organizations regarding childhood trauma, trauma informed practices, and sexual abuse prevention and recovery treatment.

About this Website

“This website is dedicated to an exploration of the normalized epidemic of hyper-sexuality that has silently permeated society in recent generations. It is my hope this website will disseminate awareness, education, and empowerment to parents so they can prevent, intervene, and react accordingly to protect their children from these pervasive messages.”

Protecting children from sexual abuse starts by confronting the unchecked hyper-sexualization in today’s culture. This website provides awareness, education and tools to protect children from a hyper-sexualized culture. Articles and informational pieces here investigate the latent and explicit beliefs and mechanisms enabling hyper-sexuality to permeate our culture. By gaining a deeper understanding of where our apathy towards sexualized content comes from and combating the silence around it, we can help protect children from sexual content and protect them from abuse.

  • Why are we staying silent while facing an epidemic of hyper-sexuality?
  • How does society normalize sexual violence?
  • What messages does the normalization of sexual abuse send to victims?
  • Is the normalization of hypersexuality contributing to the rise in child sexual abuse?
  • What happens when we sexualize children?
  • Does media shape a child’s view of sex?
  • What implications are there for interventions and sexual violence prevention?
  • Is the threshold for an act to be considered sexual abuse changing?
  • Who is responsible for educating children?
  • How do we educate those adults responsible to recognize, intervene, and prevent child sexual abuse, as well as pass those messages on to children?

By gaining a deeper understanding of where our apathy towards sexualized content comes from and combating the silence around it, we can help protect children from sexual content and protect them from abuse.

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