Expertise Note

Understanding and identifying dissociation

On the difficulty for police, justice and child protection professionals to protect minors in situation of prostitution.

Note d'expertise : Comprendre et déceler la dissociation

‘I could feel a little like a princess, like someone special… it allowed me to tell myself that it wasn’t so bad after all. I could forget all themoments of violence. Prostitution is really not about sex … it’s really about being reduced to the state of an object, it’s losing your humanity’ explains Andrea, 23, who has been in prostitution since the age of 14. The excerpt summarises the manifestation of a state of post-traumatic disorder (PTSD), often observed in minors in situation of prostitution: dissociation.


Understanding and identifying dissociation

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