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As a teen, what should I know about sexual abuse in children?

As a teen, what should I know about sexual abuse in children?

Sexual Abuse: Sexual abuse can be very devastating to a child. Early sexual abuse can create emotional lability, negative or even suicidal thoughts, repressed sexuality or uninhibited sexuality. When a child is sexually abused, the sexual boundaries are violated and the child doesn't know how to process the intense emotional and sexual feelings. Typically this leads to negative feelings and behaviors. ...Read more

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Does psychotherapy help young children who have had issues with sexual abuse?

Does psychotherapy help young children who have had issues with sexual abuse?

Yes it is extremely: Helpful and important to help reduce the negative impact of sexual abuse on a child. Much of the therapy is carried out using play with toys, dolls and puppets to help the child express their feelings of anger, guilt and shame associated with the abuse. Find a licensed child psychologist with expertise in trauma work. ...Read more

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What are telltale symptoms of sexual abuse in children?

What are telltale symptoms of sexual abuse in children?

When children have: Been sexually abused, there is often a sudden change in their behavior. They may start acting out. Failing in school, having nightmares, making sexually provocative remarks. If you suspect something is wrong, it is a good idea to consult with a child psychologist. ...Read more

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Effects of long term childhood sexual abuse?

Effects of long term childhood sexual abuse?

Many neg effects: Childhood sexual abuse (often occurs with other maltreatment) is associated with many negative outcomes e.g., substance abuse, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, low academic achievement & poor economic traction, criminal behavior, difficulties with parenting and risk of abusing own kids/ selecting abusivd partners low stress tolerance, sexual problems, trust issues, low self esteem, etc. ...Read more

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What are the long-term health effects of sexual abuse?

What are the long-term health effects of sexual abuse?

Sexual abuse takes: A toll in many different ways. It varies from person 2 person. The most common basic impact is on the person's ability 2 trust anyone. This leads 2 various types of social/emotional issues. It can also lead 2 depression, anxiety and other emotional issues. For some people the impact is seen in physical ailments, ulcers, stomach problems, headaches or more. Psychotherapy and support groups help ...Read more

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I have many sx's and vague memories of c/h sexual abuse. My pshych only believes that I think it happened, but I need him to know it did. Suggestions?

I have many sx's and vague memories of c/h sexual abuse. My pshych only believes that I think it happened, but I need him to know it did. Suggestions?

What matters is not: That your psychotherapist believes that it happened or not. What matters is for you to explore further what both your mind and your body are communicating to you and to allow your body to release the tensions and the memories that relate to those events. Slowly, pay attention to what your nervous system and your physiology tell you. Look into body/mind approaches like somatic experiencing. ...Read more

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Delayed maturity due to sexual abuse, what to do?

Am assuming that: You are referring to emotional maturity or sexual intimacy. If you are being impacted by a history of sexual abuse - would encourage you to seek therapy. Take care. ...Read more

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How do I get over these flashbacks of sexual abuse?

How do I get over these flashbacks of sexual abuse?

Safety: Find a trusted psychologist, psychiatrist, or therapist trained in knowing how to work with sexual trauma that you feel safe with. ...Read more

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Where can I find a support group for survivors of sexual abuse?

Where can I find a support group for survivors of sexual abuse?

Also look here: Http://www. Rainn. Org/get-information/types-of-sexual-assault/child-sexual-abuse.

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Is there a difference between child molestation and child sexual abuse?

Is there a difference between child molestation and child sexual abuse?

Semantics: Each of these diagnoses and terms could mean a host of things. They might overlap and they might not depending upon what one means when they use the term. In essence, they mean the same thing however - abuse of a child involving inappropriate sexual contact. Semantics or splitting hairs. ...Read more

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What do you think about sexual abuse exisiting only in repressed memories?

What do you think about sexual abuse exisiting only in repressed memories?

Possibly: The phenomenon has been abused, with totally unqualified "therapists" creating issues where none had previously existed. There is substantial evidence that repression of traumatic events occurs and these can be retrieved with psychotherapy. The purpose and utilization of such information should be the purview of a competent and experienced therapist, and not for the purposes of litigation. ...Read more

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Where can I look for therapists who specialize in male child sexual abuse?

Where can I look for therapists who specialize in male child sexual abuse?

Start with national: You don't say if this is for an adult or a child, which makes a big difference. You are correct that male child sexual abuse gets less attention than female, though the damage can be just as great. Most urban settings have some sort of sexual abuse hotlines, which might be a good start. Or, go national, e.g., http://naasca. Org/010111-recovery. Htm, and look for someone in your area. ...Read more

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Sexual abuse and repressed memories? Are repressed memories real, and how would one know?

Sexual abuse and repressed memories? Are repressed memories real, and how would one know?

Yes and no: There is no single answer to cover every situation. While memories of trauma may surface years later. The problem with old memories is that they can be affected and changed by time, attitudes, other memories, and other events. A competent therapist will help you process trauma, reduce symptoms and increase strengths. The accuracy of old memories is the subject of the repressed memory debate. ...Read more

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Is there a evidence-based link between child sexual abuse and promiscuity in adolescence or adulthood?

Is there a evidence-based link between child sexual abuse and promiscuity in adolescence or adulthood?

Yes.: Once sex is cheapened, unfortunately in the child -molested's eye, sex is devalued. This has been unfortunately been shown to be true. Not for everyone in that situation, but for many! ...Read more

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What makes a girl a target for sexual abuse? How do you make a girl abuse-proof?

Past abuse: Makes future abuse more likely according to research. Therefore, women who have been victims of abuse often need psychotherapy to work through the trauma and to be educated what makes them vulnerable to perpetrators. ...Read more

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If someone has cervical cancer as a child would you suspect sexual abuse?

If someone has cervical cancer as a child would you suspect sexual abuse?

Hard not to, but: The incidence of CC in a child is very, very unusual. It takes 10-20 yrs to develop. Only 1% of cases are seen before age 20. But, it's not impossible. The contact might be prenatal)mother to child) or non-sexual hand contact w/ genital area, but it wouls raise the? Of abuse in most people. It's very rare - ask Dr! ...Read more

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Do really bad nightmates indicate sexual abuse?

Do really bad nightmates indicate sexual abuse?

No: Even people with fairly fortunate histories can periodically suffer really bad nightmares. Yet, they "can" mean there are troubled things filling the mind. You ought not try to pin point the things from nightmares - certainly not alone. It's never easy to be certain - but there are big mistakes to be made in those woods. Be careful. Talk w/ a good therapist. ...Read more

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Any advice? I have been affected by sexual abuse?

Any advice? I have been affected by sexual abuse?

Sexual abuse: I would suggest that you seek out counseling with a mental health practitioner who specializes in treatment of trauma and abuse. Sexual abuse affects personal relationships, as well as self-esteem and confidence. In counseling, you can resolve and release the trauma which may still be stored in your body memory, and move towards a more balanced life. ...Read more

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How would someone who had childhood sexual abuse behave?

How would someone who had childhood sexual abuse behave?

Varies Widely: Survivors of trauma, incl. Sexual abuse, behave in all sorts of ways. Whether or not their behavior reflects their trauma depends on how they coped with it - incl. The stories they told themselves about it, stories they may have told others about it, etc. These stories capture how they made sense of the trauma & the meaning they gave it. How they coped likely also reflected the support they had. ...Read more

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