30 Day Integrative Holistic Treatment for Childhood Sexual Abuse
But sexually traumatizing experiences can shift the way we see the world. They can make us view our future negatively, feeling like we’re forever doomed to live a life of pain and unease. They make us feel that we’re always unsafe, and affect the way we interact with the people around us as a result. When you see the world through a lens of fear, it becomes very difficult to trust others.
Despite the profound, long-term impacts of sexual abuse, most people don’t report it. Children who incur this type of abuse are often made to think it was their fault and manipulated into keeping it a secret. Even as adults, survivors feel enduring shame and self-blame, which only gets worse when it’s reinforced by social stigma.
But facing sexual abuse is important. The damage from this type of trauma can have severe consequences including depression, anxiety, PTSD, sexual dysfunction and self-harm – and can affect you for a lifetime if it’s left untreated.