Does Trauma from Sexual Abuse Ever Go Away?
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.

Even though most survivors find it difficult to cope with the trauma they experienced, it is never too late to start the healing process. Here are a few tips for survivors to get help and start healing.

Healing from Abuse

Throughout the healing process, everyone will have their own experience, but there are a few things you can do to ensure you get the care and support you need.

  • Consult a professional: To heal, it is essential to have someone who can give you support and encouragement to speak about your experience when you are ready. Whether you prefer a one-on-one discussion with a therapist or are most comfortable in a support group, the first step in the process is to speak about your experience with someone.
  • Say something: Survivors of childhood sexual abuse often find that saying something – especially for the first time — is one of the most challenging aspects of healing. Many adult survivors keep the abuse a secret out of shame, guilt, or fear that they won’t be believed. The process of telling another person about abuse you suffered as a child can help you heal and let go of guilt and shame.
  • Understand that the abuse was not your fault: It is unfortunate that victim-blaming still persists despite the awareness gained through the #metoo movement of sexual abuse and assault in our society. Knowing that the abuse did not occur because of anything you did is a critical aspect of the healing process.
  • Speak out against your abuser: There are many reasons why breaking the silence is difficult and confronting your abuser can be a painful experience as well. Nevertheless, holding the perpetrator who assaulted you accountable for their actions will bring you one step closer to closure and healing and may help protect others.

Have You or a Loved One Been Abused? Let Us Help.

The abuse of a child is among the most traumatic experiences any individual can endure. In addition to physical and psychological damage, survivors are faced with a lifetime of challenges. In spite of the fact that it’s common for survivors to repress memories of abuse and to fear confronting their abuser, many survivors find healing by pursuing justice. Whether you or a loved one has been subjected to child sexual abuse, we are here to assist you in holding the responsible parties accountable for their actions. Call us today at (888) 306-4228 for a free, confidential consultation.

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