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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Parents Ask: Does every child who is sexually abused need treatment? You’d be hard pressed to find research or a professional that doesn’t support counseling or therapy for victims of sexual abuse. However, parents who discover their child has been sexually abused are often reluctant to start therapy, worrying that it may make the child…

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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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The idea of repressed memories is haunting, yet it’s the foundation of all therapy; To help anyone who has experienced something traumatic better cope with their past experiences and future development. Often people are skeptical when told of repressed memories of sexual abuse or childhood trauma. Those who are skeptical may ask if such an…

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Long-Term Effects of Child Sexual Abuse As young children, our world revolves around our parents, primary caregivers, family and trusted authority figures. They are our source of safety, security, love and understanding. However, estimates show that 28-30% of women and 12-18% of men have experienced childhood sex abuse. Because of the shame and guilt victims feel,…

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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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Jancy Thompson spoke with Keep Kids Safe about her experience uncovering memories of sexual abuse while under the instruction of swim coach Norm Havercroft. Part of a two-part series, the beginning of Jancy’s interview can be found here: Jancy Thompson: Repressing My Memories Wasn’t a Choice. Imagine Your Memories As An immense jigsaw puzzle, with…

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