Although there is a great deal of awareness about the prevalence of sexual abuse to children of both sexes, those who have been abused are often burdened by shame related to their experience.
Multiple trauma may result from sexual abuse:
- The trauma of the violation of one’s body
- The trauma of the violation of one’s trust
- The trauma of living with a secret which isolates the victim from family and peers
- The trauma of insufficient protection from parental figures and possibly of not being believed or supported by parents
The symptoms of sexual abuse vary from person to person, and may include PTSD, difficulty with intimate relationships and sexuality, trust issues, and a sense of one’s self as damaged.
Psychotherapy can help victims of sexual abuse free themselves from the resulting suffering and symptoms, and empower them to pursue a happier, more fulfilling life. If you or a family member is a victim of sexual abuse, please call me at (619) 295-7094 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how I can help you.