What Happens to a Child After He-She Suffers Sexual Abuse?

What Happens to a Child After He-She Suffers Sexual Abuse?

Lewis University

Published January 6, 2015


Sexual abuse in childhood has serious and lasting psychological consequences. Long term psychological correlates of childhood sexual abuse include depression, suicidal tendencies, sexual dysfunction, self-mutilation, chronic anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, dissociation and memory impairment. Dr. Natalia Tapia, assistant professor of Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies at Lewis University, is the author of “Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse and Predictors of Adult Re-victimization in the United States: A Forward Logistic Regression Analysis” in the International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences. https://www.lewisu.edu/academics/jlps…


How Childhood Trauma Can Make You A Sick Adult

How Childhood Trauma Can Make You A Sick Adult


Big Think

Published on Oct 11, 2015

Big Think and the Mental Health Channel are proud to launch Big Thinkers on Mental Health, a new series dedicated to open discussion of anxiety, depression, and the many other psychological disorders that affect millions worldwide. The Adverse Childhood Study found that survivors of childhood trauma are up to 5000% more likely to attempt suicide, have eating disorders or become IV drug users. Dr. Vincent Felitti, the study’s founder, details this remarkable and powerful connection. Learn more at the Mental Health Channel: http://mentalhealthchannel.tv/show/bi… Read more at BigThink.com: http://bigthink.com/videos/vincent-fe… Follow Big Think here: YouTube: http://goo.gl/CPTsV5 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BigThinkdotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/bigthink Transcript – What we found in the ACE study involving seventeen and a half thousand middle-class adults was that life experiences in childhood that are lost in time and then further protected by shame and by secrecy and by social taboos against inquiry into certain realms of human experience—that those life experiences play out powerfully and proportionately a half century later, in terms of emotional state, in terms of biomedical disease, in terms of life expectancy. In 1985, I first became interested in developmental life experiences in early childhood really by accident. In the major obesity program we were running, a young woman came into the program. She was twenty-eight years old, and weighed 408 pounds, and asked us if we could help her with her problem. And in fifty-one weeks, we took her from 408 to 132. And we thought, well my god, we’ve got this problem licked. This is going to be a world-famous department here! She maintained her weight at 132 for several weeks, and then in one three-week period regained 37 pounds in three weeks, which I had not previously conceived as being physiologically possible. That was triggered by being sexually propositioned at work by a much older man, as she described him. And in short order, she was back over 400 pounds faster than she had lost the weight. I remember asking her why the extreme response. After initially claiming not to have any understanding of why the extreme response, ultimately she told me of a lengthy incest history with her grandfather, from age 10 to age 21. Ultimately it turned out that fifty-five percent of the people in our obesity program acknowledged a history of childhood sexual abuse. I mean, that obviously is not the only issue going on, but it was where we began. And as we went down that trail, then we discovered other forms of abuse, also growing up in massively dysfunctional households, et cetera. The ACE study was really designed to see whether these things existed at all in the general population, and if so, how did they play out over time? Read Full Transcript Here: (http://goo.gl/F7vNgV).

“You Turned Out Fine:” How People Marginalize the Effects of a Toxic Childhood

“You Turned Out Fine:” How People Marginalize the Effects of a Toxic Childhood

By Peg Streep
~ 4 min read

At psychcentral.com


Trauma: Childhood Sexual Abuse

Trauma: Childhood Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse can lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

By Susanne Babbel Ph.D. MFT. Somatic Psychology

Posted March 12, 2013

At PsychologyToday.com


Becoming Safely Embodied Skills Manual

Becoming Safely Embodied Skills Manual

By Deirdre Fay, MSW (Author),‎ Foreword by Janina Fisher, PhD (2012)

From Amazon.com – For most clients with a trauma history, especially those grappling with dissociation, living inside their own skin is challenging. Most clients struggle between sessions, needing the connection to the therapist in order to feel contained. Our trauma clients tread water between therapy sessions, often feeling incapacitated and lost in figuring out a way to help themselves. The results of therapy once or twice a week can fade quickly when faced with the rest of the hours of a week besieged with overwhelming anxiety or despair. The skills in this manual are the foundation of the Becoming Safely Embodied experiential skill set developed to help clients learn step by step ways of being with themselves, especially when they are on their own, between therapy sessions. Nine easy to learn skills are presented and can easily be taught in a group format or to individual clients. Described for groups, the skills can be used individually. In addition there is curriculum for how to open and close the group.

I Can’t Get Over It: A Handbook for Trauma Survivors 

I Can’t Get Over It: A Handbook for Trauma Survivors 

By Aphrodite T. Matsakis, PhD (1996)

From Amazon.com – In this ground-breaking book, Dr. Matsakis explains that post-traumatic stress disorder affects not just soldiers, but also survivors of many other types of trauma including:

  • crime
  • vehicular accidents
  • rape
  • family violence
  • sexual abuse
  • natural catastrophes

I Can’t Get Over It directly addresses survivors of trauma. It explains the nature of PTSD and describes the healing process. This book will help you:

  • Find out whether you have PTSD
  • Cope with post-traumatic anger, grief, and survivor guilt
  • Recognize related problems such as depression, substance abuse , compulsive behavior and low self-esteem
  • Identify “triggers” that set off flashbacks, anxiety attacks, and other symptoms
  • Relieve wounding caused by others’ blaming and insensitivity
  • Gain a sense of empowerment and hope for the future

Why Me? Help for Victims of Child Sexual Abuse

Why Me? Help for Victims of Child Sexual Abuse: (Even if they are adults now) 

By Dr. Lynn Daugherty. (2013)

From Amazon.com – “A good simple, beginning book for child, teen, and adult survivors” – authors Ellen Bass and Laura Davis in The Courage To Heal.

As well as helping victims, it is also a book for people who want to learn more about child sexual abuse” – Adrian Ford, Senior Social Worker

A Self-Help Classic   ~  Over 60,000 copies sold!

Adults and adolescents who were sexually abused as children find help and healing in this bestseller from a respected Clinical Psychologist. Now in its fourth edition, this warm and personal, beginning guide gives you . . .

– answers to child sexual abuse questions
– stories of male and female victims
– insights into sexual abusers
– explanations of effects on victims
– step-by-step guidance to begin your recovery
– resources for additional assistance

Understand important psychological concepts easily because they are presented in clear, everyday language. Feel understood and valued as you begin healing from the pain of child sexual abuse with this classic bestseller.

> Honored as an Editor’s Choice Selection by Booklist 
> Recommended reading in support groups from New Jersey to Alaska, Scotland to The Netherlands to Fiji