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August 2017 Archives

What forms of therapy can help child sex abuse victims?

In a number of our posts this summer, we have highlighted the benefits of therapy for child sex abuse victims. Therapy serves a number of purposes. It helps abuse victims understand that they are not to blame for their situations, so they can regain a healthy sense of self-worth and self-compassion. It also helps them move past painful memories that continue to haunt them.

What to know about the National Sexual Assault Hotline

If there is one thing that child sex abuse victims wished they could do to end the shame, torment and pain they experience, it is to tell someone about what they are going through. The lack of such an outlet where their voices can be heard without judgment is something that keeps most survivors in their own personal hell.

Steps needed to end the stigma of sexual abuse

It may go without saying, but all types of families carry secrets. They may revolve around infidelity or some type of sexual deviancy, but they are secrets because of the shame or social stigma they carry. Victims of child sexual abuse common live with these secrets, trapped in a world where people say they want to help or understand what abuse survivors go through, but rarely want to discuss the topic openly.

How should you talk to your child about sexual abuse?

Parents may feel uncomfortable discussing sexual abuse with their young children, but it is an important topic to address. Openly discussing sexuality and proper physical contact teaches your child about healthy boundaries and behavior. Your child will also feel more comfortable bringing issues to your attention. How should you talk to your child about healthy interactions and abuse?

The mental conditions sex abuse victims may deal with

In our last post, we highlighted the signs that parents and caregivers should look out for that signal that a child could be victim of sexual abuse. Indeed, these outward signs may not always be easy to detect, but they are important nonetheless. For those children who have experienced abuse, they run the risk of developing serious emotional difficulties that can affect their performance in school and compromise social skills.