what to do if there is a molester in my family

If you’re a parent, it’s natural to fear for your child’s safety. If you yourself are a parent and a survivor of sexual abuse, your fears are likely intensified. How can you know if another member of your family has deviant sexual motivations? How would you react, as a parent and survivor, if someone in…

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lifelong effect of childhood sexual abuse

From Victim To Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse Do You Find Yourself Struggling Through the steps of becoming a “survivor” of childhood sexual abuse? Childhood sexual abuse is one of the most difficult things individuals, and families may ever have to deal with in a lifetime. It’s something no child or parent should ever have…

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How Sexual Abuse Shapes a Life When learning about the trauma of early sexual abuse, much of the available information focuses on the long-term struggles experienced by survivors throughout adulthood; greater chances of substance abuse, sexual dysfunction, bipolar disorder and low self-esteem are frequently mentioned. However, it is important to survivors to understand how and…

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This post is part of a four-part series breaking down the defensive coping mechanisms that sexual abuse survivors most often struggle with. If you’d like to catch up, check out part one, “Know How You Cope.” What Avoidance Looks Like Avoidance festers in our actions or lack thereof. It can be helpful for a time…

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Most of us have developed certain habits that act as coping mechanisms to redirect stress. Even adults who may be considered emotionally healthy and balanced use behaviors to minimize stress or conflict on the surface. These adaptive measures are learned from a young age, as we are each shaped by the ups and downs of…

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“In 1986, my world was broken by two criminals, my biological father, who abandoned his family, like his father had, and a teenager who threatened me with a gun and raped me for three days.” In a Huffington Post interview to promote “Something Terrible“, an agonizing and triumphant story addressing his fears of who he…

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walk to recovery

How To Start Healing Each journey to healing is unique, but every person looking to recover from childhood sexual abuse faces a difficult path. You will be faced with shame, guilt and blame as you come to terms with past experiences. It is difficult, but not impossible. And Keep Kids Safe strives to provide the…

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