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is my loss of memories because of my history of having been child molested?

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 35 years experience
It could be related: Often when someone has been molested as a child they block out the memories of the abuse. They sometimes lose positive memories of childhood as well in the process. Psychotherpay can help process the molestation and in time recover the whole spectrum of memories.

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Does being molested automatically mean you cannot have children?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No, not at all: Sadly, many people are molested every day in the world, especially in other countries where there is even more stigma attached to being a victim, and where the rights of the individual are much less valued. However, being molested has almost no effect on one's physical ability to have children. Women still ovulate and get pregnant the usual way, and men still produce sperm & semen.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How to help a child that has been sexually molested?

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Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
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Pediatrics 28 years experience
See below: The child needs unconditional support from the family, and feel safe to discuss the event and feelings surrounding the event. Also, counseling needs to be obtained.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What are some long term effects are presented to a child who has been molested?

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Dr. Bryan Treacy
Gynecology 35 years experience
Significant: There are many long term effects of sexual molestation. Most suffer from complex post traumatic stress disorder and associated mental health issues. Cognitive behavioral therapy is indicated & may involve a long term commitment. This can affect all of the molested person's relationships for long periods of time, perhaps lifelong.

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