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Sexual Abuse Victim


  • Paper presented at the Fifth International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect, Montreal. Google Scholar Kovitz, K. Barr, D., Brummitt, J., Handy, L. C., Leveque, P., Plowman, B., & Riese, R. (1982).[link.springer.com]
  • “It’s clear to me that the present guidelines are failing victims,” she said.[theguardian.com]
  • This theoretical information presents a continuous dialogue about children who experienced sexual abuse and identify the social environment which may influence the occurrence of child sexual abuse.[omicsonline.org]
  • Oprah Winfrey Rex Features In November 1986 Oprah Winfrey stunned the audience of a live show she was presenting about child sexual abuse by revealing that she too was a survivor, having been raped by a 19-year-old relative when she was just 9 years old[lifedeathprizes.com]
  • Adults with a history of sexual abuse often present for treatment with a secondary mental health issue, which can include the following: Depression or feeling ‘low’ Post Traumatic Stress Low self esteem Eating disorders Drug addiction Alcohol use / dependency[survivorsintransition.co.uk]
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  • She began taekwondo at age 11 and aspired to try out for the Olympic team.[latimes.com]
  • Further, the fear of being “outed” keeps many survivors silent about what happened to them and who did it, which means offenders go unreported.[pcar.org]
  • You want to calm any sense of urgency or emergency and not escalate the fear or anxiety. Give the child safety information, but avoid causing her/him to be more fearful of people than she/he already is.[centerforpreventionofabuse.org]
  • Rumors have been told, stories have been made up about me … all because they fear what I know.” “Justice will be served,” he promised. “Because this is about good and evil.”[mercurynews.com]
  • Judgment, victim shaming/blaming, loss of job/ , fear of violence, retaliation.”[ew.com]
  • Victims may show fear and anxiety in response to people who share characteristics of the abuser, i.e., the same sex as the abuser or similar physical characteristics.[victimsofcrime.org]
  • Survivors may feel anger at the abuser, at adults who failed to protect them, and at themselves for not having been able to stop the abuse (page 1).[victimsofcrime.org]
  • I am angry about what was done to me but recognize that my anger is not a constant part of my feelings. It intrudes into other parts of my life in a negative way. I can talk about the assault experience with a counselor or a therapist.[healthyplace.com]
  • Notice your feelings After a sexual assault, you may feel shock, embarrassment, shame, guilt, disbelief, anger, anxiety or nothing at all. These are all normal reactions to a violent crime.[soundvision.com]
  • .” ― George Orwell, 1984 “YOUR ABUSIVE PARTNER DOESN’T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH HIS ANGER; HE HAS A PROBLEM WITH YOUR ANGER. One of the basic human rights he takes away from you is the right to be angry with him.[goodreads.com]
  • Anger. Not surprisingly this is one of the strongest feelings which you may feel about your abuse. You may feel anger against the abuser and also against others who you feel failed to protect you. Sadness.[survivorsintransition.co.uk]
Low Self-Esteem
  • A child who is the victim of prolonged sexual abuse usually develops low self-esteem, a feeling of worthlessness and an abnormal or distorted view of sex. The child may become withdrawn and mistrustful of adults, and can become suicidal ( page 1 ).[victimsofcrime.org]
  • You may struggle with low self-esteem, which can be a result of the negative messages you received from your abuser(s), and from having your personal safety violated or ignored.[rainn.org]
  • 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.[psychotherapist.net]
  • Treatment for adult survivors may help you: Overcome troubling thoughts and feelings, like self-blame, guilt or low self-esteem Overcome unhelpful coping strategies, like self-harm or eating problems Build healthy skills, like building trust and setting[heretohelp.bc.ca]
  • People-pleasing and rescuing Insomnia Excessive need to control Obsessive, compulsive behavior patterns Needy Low self-esteem Suicidal Weak boundaries Unhealthy choices in members of the opposite sex Neurotic tendencies Addictions: drugs, alcohol, sex[thelamplighters.org]
Panic Attacks
  • This powerful short-term therapy is highly effective for a wide range of disorders including recovery from sexual abuse, rape and traumatic incidents, depression, panic attacks, phobias, eating disorders and poor self-image, stress, worry.[psychotherapist.net]
  • Ask your partner how you can help if they have panic attacks or nightmares, flashbacks, ask them what they want you to do.[supportline.org.uk]
  • Some may experience panic attacks. Others may develop agoraphobia and become afraid to leave their homes. In some cases, a survivor may develop a chronic fear of the type of person who harmed them.[goodtherapy.org]
Inappropriate Sexual Behavior
  • Major Sexual Symptoms of Sexual Abuse Difficulty with becoming aroused and feeling sensations Sex feels like an obligation Sexual thoughts and images that are disturbing Inappropriate sexual behaviors or sexual compulsivity Vaginal pain Inability to achieve[psychotherapist.net]
Sexual Dysfunction
  • Some survivors experience sexual dysfunction and fertility issues . Others may develop sexually transmitted infections. Contrary to myth, it is possible for a sexual assault to result in pregnancy.[goodtherapy.org]
Night Terrors
  • I held his hand as his night terrors, hyper-vigilance and claustrophobia began to make sense. When Trav’s enlistment was up, we moved back home to Maine. “But you’re eight years in,” people accused. “Why don’t you just stay?”[theatlantic.com]


  • A comprehensive child sexual abuse treatment programs. Child Abuse and Neglect, 6 , 263–278). Google Scholar Gomes-Schwartz, B., Horowitz, J., & Sauzier, M. (1985).[link.springer.com]
  • Treatment in these cases can also be much longer and more challenging than that for people who were victimized later in life.[broadly.vice.com]
  • People who have unexamined childhood trauma often fail when they attempt weight-loss treatments. Some studies show that patients with histories of abuse tend to lose less weight after bariatric surgery or during clinical weight-loss treatment.[theatlantic.com]
  • Get medical treatment if you are sexually assaulted or hurt If you are injured after an attack or sexually assaulted, go to the doctor and get medical treatment as soon as possible.[soundvision.com]


  • Early trauma "prevents the normal course of development from taking place," Margolin-Rice says, explaining that abuse can delay or prevent "normal" mental and emotional development.[broadly.vice.com]
  • MaleSurvivor is committed to preventing, healing, and eliminating all forms of sexual victimization of boys and men through support, treatment, research, education, advocacy, and activism.[pcar.org]
  • The two key components in recovering from sexual abuse are: Dealing with the effects of sexual abuse Preventing further abuse Depending on the situation, an abuse survivor may be focused more on one, the other, or both.[healthyplace.com]
  • Gastric bypass prevents them from eating large quantities—thereby removing an essential coping mechanism.[theatlantic.com]
  • Child protective services should ensure the child-victim’s safety in order to prevent revictimization [ 41 ].[omicsonline.org]

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