Blaming Abused Women for Autistic Children

Leslie Carol Botha:  Wonder what Pharmaceutical company sponsored this study?   At first I thought this was more of the same woman blaming (which it is) but the next article in ScienceDaily blamed older grandfathers for their autistic offspring. I posted this article in a mother’s group on Facebook – and the comments went wild.  We were discussing the days when infants born with abnormalities were always blamed on the mother.

An astute colleague of mine made this comment: “Because women in developing countries where women are routinely abused and mistreated have the highest rates of Autism in the entire world, didntchaknow?”

Another comment was made that their might be some truth to this article since there are many mothers with unvaccinated autistic children.  Where are the men – in this conversation? Why aren’t we looking at the quality/toxicity of their sperm.  Women after all are born with all of their eggs.

On the other hand I do remember reading a long time ago that  women are more likely to be abused – and abused more than at any time during pregnancy.

Hmm – wonder if this will stop men from abusing women.

Women Abused as Children More Likely to Have Children With Autism

Mar. 20, 2013

“Our study identifies a completely new risk factor for autism,” said lead author Andrea Roberts, research associate in the HSPH Department of Social and abused girlBehavioral Sciences. “Further research to understand how a woman’s experience of abuse is associated with autism in her children may help us better understand the causes of autism and identify preventable risk factors.”

The study appears online March 20, 2013 and in the May 2013 print issue of JAMA Psychiatry. It is the first to explore the relationship between a mother’s exposure to childhood abuse and risk of autism in her children.

The authors examined data from more than 50,000 women enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study II. They found that it was not just women exposed to the most serious levels of abuse who had higher risk of having a child with autism, but also a large number of women who experienced moderate abuse. While about 2% of women reported the most serious abuse, even women in the top 25% of abuse severity — which included mostly women who experienced more moderate levels of abuse — were 60% more likely to have a child with autism compared with women who did not experience abuse. These results suggest that childhood abuse is not only very harmful for the person who directly experiences it, but may also increase risk for serious disabilities in the next generation, the authors said.

Delving further, the researchers looked at nine pregnancy-related risk factors to see if they were linked to higher risk of having a child with autism in women who were abused as children. These nine risk factors — including gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and smoking — have been previously associated with an increased likelihood of having a child with autism.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.


  1. Harold V says:

    True autism is rooted in genetic factors. It’s all in the genetics. Environmental insults can make autism worse. Early and even late intervention throughout life can improve autistic symptoms. Autism is no different that any other genetically based condition. The more you continue to treat it, the better the person gets. There is so much hope for people with autism. We don’t have to force them to be like us. Not everyone is born with the same purpose or plan. When will these researchers realize even some of the most severely autistic individuals have hidden intelligence that can’t be measured with conventional testing. Let’s focus on TREATMENT, not speculating WHY, because every year it’s something new and ridiculous. Next year it will be women who watched too much TV as children have more autistic children. I say a great many women who have autistic children are in fact high functioning autistics themselves. It’s a type of autism yet to be investigated. These women shows signs, but are seen as eccentric or off the wall. They are in fact, on the spectrum, but they’re so high functioning, it’s gone undetected. These moms are highly intelligent. Articulate. Often athletic because they crave sensory input. They think in patterns. They suffer sensory overload from having a lighting fast brain. They are prone to meltdowns due to sensory overload. They often have obsessive traits. Are fixated on certain subjects. Can become closet experts on subjects they study. These mums tend to be highly intuitive. Yet, at same time, may miss social cues and not fit into society, as they just never seem to understand the flow or pattern of the world around them. They try, but it’s a lifelong struggle. These are the moms who seem to have the more severely autistic children, as if the high functioning gene mutated to a lower functioning gene. High functioning autistic women were children who were chronically stressed out by a world that they didn’t yet learn to navigate. If they were also abused, that would’ve also added to the stress.

  2. Harold – I love your very insightful comment. Brilliant. Thank you for taking the time to share. I understand -where you are coming from. Society is so quick to cast blame – and it is generally at the mother. I have to get around to posting this article written by my colleague Jefry Aufderhide tying autism to inflammation in pregnancy.

    Be that as it may I have worked with addicts over the years and also know that they are high functioning, highly sensitive people who crumble with the sensory overload. And there is so much overload today – as the CNS has not adapted to the increase in electrical frequencies bombarding our body,mind,spirit. We use nutrients targets for the brain in our work with remarkable results. My colleague, Teresa Kolpak with Truehope started working with a 3 year old boy at the end of January who presented with 31 symptoms of autism. In the first month his symptoms were reduced by half – and now at 2 months he is presenting only 6 or 7 symptoms. All of this with nutrient therapy targeted at the brain. Two things that people are not aware of: the brain never ages & the brain can heal itself with the right care and feeding. The world is a miraculous place…. and we are standing at the crossroads of medicating or healing.

    Keep posting, Harold.

    Hormonally yours,


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