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The Impact of Sexual Abuse
Impact of Child Sexual Abuse It is estimated that
there are 60 million survivors of childhood sexual abuse in America today.
Approximately 31% of women in prison state that they
had been abused as children.
Approximately 95% of teenage prostitutes have been
Long term effects of child abuse include fear,
anxiety, depression, anger, hostility, inappropriate sexual behavior, poor self
esteem, tendency toward substance abuse and difficulty with close
Clinical findings of adult victims of sexual abuse
include problems in interpersonal relationships associated with an underlying
mistrust. Generally, adult victims of incest have a severely strained
relationship with their parents that is marked by feelings of mistrust, fear,
ambivalence, hatred, and betrayal. These feelings may extend to all family
There is the clinical assumption that children who
feel compelled to keep sexual abuse a secret suffer greater psychic distress
than victims who disclose the secret and receive assistance and support.
Early identification of sexual abuse victims appears
to be crucial to the reduction of suffering of abused youth and to the
establishment of support systems for assistance in pursuing appropriate
psychological development and healthier adult functioning . As long as
disclosure continues to be a problem for young victims, then fear, suffering,
and psychological distress will, like the secret, remain with the victim.
Sexual victimization may profoundly interfere with
and alter the development of attitudes toward self, sexuality, and trusting
relationships during the critical early years of development.
Composition of substantiated child abuse | Disclosures of abuse | Sexual Abuse figures | Impact of Sexual Abuse | Statistics about offenders | Possible long term effects | Survey shows increase in abuse
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