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dr. catherine bonnet


Consultant in child and adolescent psychiatry, and a psychotherapist 

Dr. Catherine Bonnet (France) is a child psychiatrist, psychotherapist, researcher, and author on child sexual abuse and perinatal violence and neglect.

Catherine Bonnet was born in France and is divorced with two children. She was a consultant in child and adolescent psychiatry, and a psychotherapist in psychoanalysis in France (1974-2002) and in the UK (2004-2007). She was also a researcher on perinatal violence and neglect, and the author of three books: Geste d’amour, l’accouchement sous X 1990 (adoption as prevention of child abandonment on a public place or néonaticide), L’Enfant Cassé, l’inceste et la pédophilie 1999 (historical, clinical and psychodynamic aspects of sexual abuse on children under 9 years old), L’Enfance Muselée, un médecin témoigne 2007 (the obstacles to report sexual abuse in France in comparison with other countries in particular the US). She has also conducted missions in war countries and reported on the sufferings of women/teenagers pregnant as a result of rape during war (Bosnia 1993-1995 and Rwanda 1995).

Because her commitment against child sexual abuse, in 2001 Catherine Bonnet received the Chevalier dans l’Ordre de la Légion d’honneur, a French knighthood; in 2003-2005, she received the support of two UN Special Rapporteur, Juan-Miguel Petit and Hina Jilani ; in 2006 she also received the support of the Review Committee of the World Psychiatric Association. She has been campaigning in France for training physicians to detect and report suspicion of child sexual abuse in children and for implementing mandatory reporting legislation for physicians in France.