The Next Chapter: Bringing Maltreatment & Sexual Abuse into the Core Story

Nat Kendall-Taylor

Framing Metaphor, Brain Architecture, Social Policy

October 2014

Dr. Nat Kendall-Taylor (FrameWorks Institute) explains how understanding is frame dependent. He shares a new Core Story about child sexual abuse and maltreatment that reframes this issue using a poverty and stress model. This model explores how adverse childhood experiences create adults who abuse children. Reframing this issue is important because the prevailing causal model of child maltreatment and sexual abuse offers no solutions to stop these things from happening beyond incarcerating the offender. Dr. Kendall-Taylor shows that people who frame this issue using the poverty and stress model believe there are solutions through programs and policies.