Treatment for Sexual Abuse Survivors
What is sexual abuse?
Sexual abuse represents any kind of sexual contact between an adult, teen or child with a child. This behavior is used to gain power over the child and often involves a betrayal of the child’s trust. There are many types of sexual abuse, some include physical contact or exposing a child to pornography. This includes fondling, touching sexual organs, masturbation, making the child touch the adult sexually, and vaginal or anal penetration with self or objects. Non-touching offenses include exposing a child to pornographic material, indecent exposure, leering and deliberately putting the child in the position of having to witness an act of sexual intercourse.
What kind of person would victimize a child?
People who sexually abuse suffer from emotional immaturity, low self-esteem, an inability to see harm in their actions and lack the knowledge to control their impulses. Often the offenders were victims of child sexual abuse themselves. Many abusers are not strangers, they are often people of position or power in our lives, such as, teachers, doctors, baby-sitters, neighbors, parents, peers, siblings, relatives and clergy.
How Common Is Child Sexual Abuse?
It has been shown that 3-7% of boys are sexually abused by the time they reach eighteen and 2-5% of girls, on the whole five out of ten children are victims of abuse. These averages are of course conservative since most occurrences are never reported.
Was I Sexually Abused?
Pay attention to your feelings and follow your gut. A lot of victims of sexual abuse tend to block out memories they have of the incident only to be triggered by painful reminders: specific sounds, smells, words and facial expressions. If you suspect that you were sexually abused, you probably were. Trust you feelings and memories.
What kind of services do you offer?
Individual, couples, family and groups.