family therapy for childhood sexual abuse survivors

As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, seeing a therapist or counselor is a powerful decision to make for yourself. Professional therapists help both adults and children resolve emotional conflicts, process memories of abuse, and provide a safe space to discuss paths to improve their current (and future) relationships and sexual experiences. There is no…

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child abuse

Child sexual abuse is an unfortunate reality for at least one out of every five children. Despite the very real danger, many parents find the idea of their child as a victim of sexual abuse too difficult to think about. We’ve already discussed some prevailing myths regarding the kinds of people who abuse children or…

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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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Holding Hands

Parenting as a Survivor Do You Struggle With Triggers? If you’re a parent who survived childhood sexual abuse, have your experiences differed from the struggles moms and dads normally share? The question came up when anonymous user asked Reddit’s parenting forum for help: the mom of two young boys had survived sexual abuse as a…

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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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Fighting traumatic stress

Since the mid-nineties, scientists have been studying something that might be in every household. Children exposed to it suffer from a dramatically increased risk for seven out of ten leading causes of death. It can affect a child’s brain development, immune system, hormonal system and even the transcription of a child’s DNA. These effects occur both…

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