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If You Suspect You Were Sexually Abused

If you suspect that you were sexually abused, you probably were. Children do not make things up, trust your memories, and pay attention to your feelings.

 

Our brains are made up to repress or forget traumatic memories, this is a coping mechanism.  Certain experiences trigger intense emotion even in the absence of conscious memories. Triggers are specific things that make us feel uncomfortable, fear, nausea, anger, that fight or flight mechanism. Specific sounds, images, smells, facial expressions, body language, places, words, object can all be “triggers”.

Life events such as marriage, childbirth, or death of a perpetrator can cause persons to remember details or abuse or give them that uneasy feeling that something is wrong. Often persons become depressed and not sure what the cause actually is.

If you think you were abused, seek the help of a professional to work out your feelings. Sexual abuse as child causes long lasting issues that you may not even connect to the actual abuse you may have experienced.

EFFECTS OF CSA ON ADULT SURVIVORS

Studies have found that 51% to 79% of sexually abused children exhibit psychological symptoms. The risk of harm is greater if the abuser is a relative, if the abuse involves intercourse or attempted intercourse, or if threats or force are use.

The level of harm may also be affected by various factors such as penetration, duration and frequency of abuse, and use of force. Over 93% of survivors that were under the age of 18 when they were sexually abused knew their abuser.

Based on the reports it is believed that in today’s society 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually molested before they are 18 years old — which means 1 in 5 of America’s youth, or 20% to 25% of the population.

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