Sexual Abuse Survivor
Recent estimated statistics report that at least 1 in 5 of our current population will have suffered some form of sexual abuse prior to their 18th birthday. This figure is constantly being revised upwards. They come from all backgrounds, all walks of life, rich or poor, white or black and it happens to both genders.
Many victims of child sex abuse will have known their abuser. It may have been a family member or a close family friend. The abuser can be either female or male, black or white, rich or poor, step dad, teacher, Mum, Dad, vicar, brother, sister, teacher, in fact anyone. The tabloids present a picture that abuse cases are predominantly likely to be carried out by strangers however far more often it is carried out by someone known to the child. A person that they should have been able to trust to protect them.
If you have been abused and are reading this article please know that you are NOT alone and it is entirely possible to overcome the devastating effects of the abuse. If the effects are not dealt with it can haunt survivors into adult life, in substance misuse, sexual problems, depression and anxiety, guilt and shame, eating disorders and fear of relationships.
Counselling may help give you the ability to feel empowered, to realize that it wasn't your fault. Your undoubtedly a survivor but with the help of a qualified and experienced counsellor you could begin to thrive and break free.
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