Article Summary By Michael Estlack, Director of Connectivity
Child sexual abuse is a sad reality in our society. According to an article in PsycCentral.com, it is estimated that 20-40% of girls and 2-9% of boys have experienced this abuse in their childhood. Child sexual abuse occurs anytime a person of power and control over a child violates not only their trust, but also their personal space in a sexual manner. This can happen through any form of sexual acts. Many times, it’s hard for some to remember these horrible experiences. Here you have to trust your memories and your hunches. We often suppress traumatic events and it may be hard to get down to the reason you get triggered in some situations, but oftentimes, if you have the inclination you were abused, then you probably were. Triggers may include sounds, smells, or situations that bring up fear and possibly even feelings of nausea.
If it happened when you were a child, why worry about it now?
Childhood sexual abuse can have many detrimental effects later in life. If not properly dealt with, this abuse can show up as troubles with your self-esteem, feelings, body, intimacy and sexuality. Children usually don’t understand what has happened to them, and they don’t seek out help. It is your adult self that now bears that responsibility.
Is there hope?
Of course! Recovery is possible. Speaking to a trained professional is a great way toward starting this journey. They can step you through the healing process in a healthy manner that you may not be able to do on your own. Staying quiet about your pain might feel safe; however, it blocks the healing process.
Don’t stay silent anymore. Let our experts at SHAW Center for Healing guide your through to pain to healing and hope for the future.
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