Sexual Abuse in Family Context
As a professional member of the
American Professional Society on the Abuse of
and a clinical member of the
Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers.
Ms. Yankov is qualified to evaluate and treat sex offenders, and specializes in
the treatment of the incest family. Sexual abuse within families
occurs across all walks of life. Treatment of sex offenders
needs to be sensitive to the needs of the victim, the larger family
system, and the community. Ms Yankov practices a
cognitive-behavioral, relapse prevention model of treatment that
includes, in incest cases, elements of family treatment and
involvement of support and accountability systems. The
treatment is based on a respectful, restorative justice philosophy with
both behavioral and contextual interventions.
APSACís mission is to enhance the ability of professionals to
respond to children and families affected by abuse and violence.
ATSA is an international organization focused specifically on the
prevention of sexual abuse through effective management of sex
offenders. ATSA goals are:
- Elimination of sexual victimization.
- The protection of our communities through responsible and
ethical treatment of sex offenders.
- The prevention of sexual assault through effective management of
- The maintenance of high standards of professionalism and
integrity within its membership.
Treatment is available for child, teen, or adult victims of childhood
sexual abuse. Treatment helps victims recover from the shame,
stigmatization, and the trauma of abuse. Victims are helped to
manage the disclosure process, increase coping, and examine the
effects of abuse on their past and current life.
This type of counseling may include individual,
group and family treatment.
Adult services for survivors include Cognitive Behavioral Treatment
for PTSD, and individual and group therapy. Ms. Yankov
introduced her work in North Carolina through various lectures at East
Carolina University on the systemic treatment of incest and serves on
the executive board of the state chapter of the
North Carolina Association for the Treatment
of Sexual Abusers.
She has also worked and developed programs at
Family Violence Program, Inc., of Pitt
County which are geared
toward batterer intervention.