Trauma is a strong, negative, emotional response to an event that is sudden, unexpected and stressful. It may result from direct or indirect exposure to extreme and sometimes unimaginable events. Trauma can occur from a one time event, or from a series of ongoing events.
The long term effects of childhood sexual abuse can be complicated and devastating, not only to the survivor, but to their families and partners. In fact, family and partners could be considered the secondary victims of this life altering event. When the survivor realizes through therapy, that "maybe I can recover from this." Their whole outlook on recovery changes for the better and they are able to start to address some of the following symptoms:
Physical/Mental Health Effects:
Unhealthy Coping Strategies:
These are just some of the possible experiences of someone who has experienced childhood sexual abuse. Through group and/or individual therapy, survivors can start to address some of these troubling reactions to the trauma they endured and begin to process how the trauma impacted them.