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CHILDREN ARE THREE TIMES AS LIKELY TO BE VICTIMS OF RAPE THAN ADULTS

CHILDREN ARE THREE TIMES AS LIKELY TO BE VICTIMS OF RAPE THAN ADULTS
There are several types of traumatic events that can lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Sexual abuse is a particularly sinister type of trauma because of the shame it instills in the victim. When not properly treated, this can result in a lifetime of PTSD, depression, and anxiety. It is more likely for a child to experience sexual abuse at the hands of a family member or another supposedly trustworthy adult.

Outcomes of sexual abuse:
 By far the most common effect of sexual abuse is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Symptoms can extend far into adulthood and can include withdrawn behavior, reenactment of the traumatic event, avoidance of circumstances that remind one of the event, and physiological hyper-reactivity.

Symptoms of sexual abuse:

Withdrawal and mistrust of adults
Suicidality
Difficulty relating to others except in sexual or seductive ways
Unusual interest in or avoidance of all things sexual or physical
Sleep problems, nightmares, fears of going to bed
Frequent accidents or self-injurious behaviors
Refusal to go to school, or to the doctor, or home
Secretiveness or unusual aggressiveness
Sexual components to drawings and games
Neurotic reactions (obsessions, compulsiveness, phobias)
Habit disorders (biting, rocking)
Unusual sexual knowledge or behavior
Prostitution
Forcing sexual acts on other children
Extreme fear of being touched
Unwillingness to submit to physical examination

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