Who Should Bear the Cost of Childhood Sexual Abuse
People who have experienced childhood sexual abuse are often told that it is unfair to amend a statute of limitations to allow them to seek justice for the abuse they suffered as children. It is argued that the “good works” of churches, schools and youth organizations will be undermined if survivors are allowed to bring claims for conduct that occurred beyond the immediate past.
Child sexual abuse is a significant and pervasive health problem according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. In the United States, approximately one in every four girls and one in every thirteen boys have experienced some form of sexual abuse during their childhood. Sadly, the majority of these heinous acts are committed by someone the abused child has trusted, such as a teacher, pastor, family member or friend.
Experiencing sexual abuse as a child is a traumatizing and painful ordeal. Most survivors carry the horrific memories for the rest of their lives. In addition to the damage to physical, emotional, and mental health, this unspeakable trauma can negatively impact personal, romantic, and professional relationships.
In many cases, survivors of childhood sexual abuse keep the secret to themselves, and it takes them a long time to explore their feelings about their perpetrators – and sadly, some do not speak up at all. In the event that a loved one does choose to share their story, they will need to receive support throughout their recovery process. To help you, here are some ways you can support them on their journey to healing and recovery.
The #MeToo movement and the recent flood of allegations of sexual abuse have made one thing abundantly clear: sexual abuse affects countless people, especially women, and it is high time to start holding abusers accountable for their actions.
California’s Extended Statute of Limitations for Childhood Sexual Abuse
Far too many people have been victimized by sexual abuse. As predatory behavior, sexual abuse targets the most vulnerable members of the community, including children, the elderly, students, those with disabilities, and more.
Psychiatric disorders are defined by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) as “…problems with memory, identity, emotion, perception, behavior, and sense of self.” Traumatic experiences can cause dissociative disorders, which are a type of psychiatric disorder. There is a strong connection between sexual abuse and dissociative disorders, according to numerous studies. In this article, you will learn about the most common dissociative disorders and the long-term impact that these disorders have on the lives of sexual abuse survivors.