Sexual abuse is a devastating crime that affects millions of people each year. It can be a difficult topic to discuss, but it is an important one. It can have lasting effects on the survivor's physical, emotional, and mental health, as well as relationships with family and friends. Understanding the facts surrounding sexual abuse can help survivors recognize when they may be in danger or need help.
Sexual abuse is any unwanted contact of a sexual nature. This includes rape, assault, molestation, harassment, exploitation, and other forms of sexual misconduct. It can happen to anyone regardless of gender, age, ethnicity or socio-economic status. Survivors often experience feelings of guilt and shame which can prevent them from seeking help.
Sexual Abuse is Widespread but Underreported
Sexual abuse is a problem that affects millions of people across the globe. Unfortunately, many victims feel too ashamed or scared to come forward due to the stigma attached to this kind of trauma. As a result, statistics on sexual abuse are often inaccurate or incomplete as they fail to account for unreported cases. However, we know that sexual abuse is incredibly widespread and sadly, all too common.
Signs of Sexual Abuse
The signs of sexual abuse vary from person to person; however, some common signs include physical injuries such as bruising or bleeding in areas that are usually covered by clothing; flashbacks; difficulty sleeping or concentrating; feeling scared or anxious in certain situations; depression or low self-esteem; avoiding activities that used to bring pleasure; and substance abuse.
The Consequences of Sexual Abuse
The consequences of sexual abuse are far-reaching and deeply personal for every victim. Whether physical or psychological, these consequences can include feelings of guilt and shame, depression and anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sleep disturbances, and even suicidal thoughts or attempts in some cases. People may also struggle with self-esteem issues as well as mistrust in relationships with friends, family members, coworkers, and romantic partners due to their traumatic experiences with sexual assault.
How to Get Help
If you think you may be a victim of sexual abuse it is important to reach out for help right away. There are many resources available such as hotlines and other organizations specifically for victims of sexual abuse. Additionally, Clinical Consultation & Counselling have therapists who specialize in treating survivors of sexual trauma who can provide supportive therapy during this difficult time. It is also important to seek legal advice if appropriate so that justice may be served against the perpetrator(s). It’s important to remember that you are not alone—there are many people who want to help you get through this difficult time.
Seek support from family members and friends if possible—talk about what happened so that you don’t have to carry the burden alone. In addition to talking about your experience with those close to you, seeking professional assistance such as counselling and therapy from one of our therapists can be extremely beneficial in helping you cope with your trauma and begin the healing process after experiencing sexual abuse. Remember: You are not alone! There are many resources available for survivors of sexual trauma so please don't hesitate to reach out to us for help!
Remember – no one deserves to be treated this way!
You have a right to be respected and treated with dignity regardless of your relationship status or situation. Do not hesitate to reach out to us for help!