Prison social worker who survived child sex abuse tries to save program for female inmates

BROOKLYN — Natasha Slater, a student in clinical social work at Hunter College studying for her Master’s degree, has conducted a Family Violence psychotherapy group at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility since last August.

It was part of a 12-year-old program, with sessions on spousal abuse and one on child abuse.

A 2013 study estimated 82 percent of the women in Bedford Hills were survivors of severe physical and/or sexual abuse.

“They didn’t know what abuse was,” Slater told...

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