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Adult Manifestation Of Childhood Sexual Abuse

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  • Posted On : 25-Feb-2020
Long-term effects of childhood sexual abuse are varied, complex, and often devastating. Child sexual abuse is defined as any sexual activity with a child where consent is not or cannot be given. This includes sexual contact that is accomplished by force or threat of force, regardless of the age of the participants, and all sexual contact between an adult and a child, regardless of whether there is deception or the child understands the sexual nature of the activity. Sexual contact between an older child and a younger child also can be abusive if there is a significant disparity in age, development, or size, rendering the younger child incapable of giving informed consent. Symptoms or behavioral sequelae are common and varied. More extreme symptoms can be associated with abuse onset at an early age, extended or frequent abuse, incest by a parent, or use of force. Common life events, like death, birth, marriage, or divorce may trigger the return of symptoms for a childhood sexual abuse survivor. The primary aftereffects of childhood sexual abuse include the following: Emotional reactions Emotions such as fear, shame, humiliation, guilt, and self-blame are common and lead to depression and anxiety. Symptoms of posttraumatic stress Survivors may experience intrusive or recurring thoughts of the abuse as well as nightmares or flashbacks. Distorted self-perception Survivors often develop a belief that they caused the sexual abuse and that they deserved it. These beliefs may result in self-destructive relationships.

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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

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  • Posted On : 25-Feb-2020
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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