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July 2017 Archives

Getting past misconceptions about child sex abuse

In our prior post, we highlighted the common signs that parents and caregivers should look for to determine if a child is being abused. With all the information and statistics on how often children are abused, many people have a misunderstanding of what exactly abuse is (and is not). First and foremost, sexual exploitation is just as pervasive and destructive as sexual abuse. Both involve the erotic use of a child in physical and emotional ways, but many may not understand the extent of actions that comprise sexual abuse.

Signs that a child is being sexually abused

Sexual abuse is such a shameful and terrible crime. Not only do victims have to experience the horror and indignation of being violated, they often suppress the emotional pain their emotional pain because of the social stigma assigned to sex abuse victims.  Essentially, many times victims are not believed, or they are too young to know what they are experiencing is a crime.

Protections for child sex abuse victims in court

In our prior posts, we have highlighted how difficult it can be for victims of sexual abuse to recall specific instances because the pain of their encounters can become too emotionally difficult. Also, the experiences of flashbacks and loss of self worth can lead to a downward spiral of self-destructive activity.

Why am I experiencing flashbacks now?

If you are wondering why you are experiencing horrific flashbacks of your childhood now, it could be a complicated explanation involving a number of factors. It could be a potential defense mechanism that locked away horrible memories of abuse or rape. It could be the lack of triggers that would have unlocked what you experienced as a child or teen.

How sexual predators can hide in plain sight

Mainstream America is trained to see child sexual predators as creepy, sinister characters that children would not normally gravitate towards; individuals with a “boogeyman” quality to them. Unfortunately, sexual predators and those who do not commonly abuse children rarely fit this description.