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).

Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center

Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center

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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


The Long-Term Effects of Childhood Sexual Abuse

The Long-Term Effects of Childhood Sexual Abuse: Counseling Implications

By Melissa Hall and Joshua Hall

Suggested APA style reference: Hall, M., & Hall, J. (2011). The long-term effects of childhood sexual abuse: Counseling implications. Retrieved from http://counselingoutfitters.com/vistas/vistas11/Article_19.pdf


Has Your Teen Been Sexually Assaulted?

Has Your Teen Been Sexually Assaulted?

The Psychological Signs of Sexual Abuse

By Raychelle Cassada Lohmann, MS, LPCS, Teen Angst

Posted November 30, 2011


7 Ways to Help a Teen Survivor of Sexual Assault

7 Ways to Help a Teen Survivor of Sexual Assault

Advice from an advocate for survivors of sexual assault

By Kathryn Stamoulis, PhD, The New Teen Age

Posted July 19, 2012

At Psychologytoday.com


Invisible Girls: The Truth About Sexual Abuse

Invisible Girls: The Truth About Sexual Abuse, by Dr. Patti Feuereisen,‎ Caroline Pincus (Contributor) (2009)

From Amazon.com: The statistics are staggering. One in four girls will experience sexual abuse by the time she is sixteen, and 48 percent of all rapes involve a young woman under the age of eighteen. It’s not surprising then, that in a society where sexual abuse of young women is rampant, many women never share their stories. They remain hidden and invisible.

In her pioneering work with young survivors through the last thirty years, Dr. Patti Feuereisen has helped teen girls and young women to find their voices, begin healing, and become visible.

In this revised second edition, Dr. Patti’s gentle guidance and the girls’ powerful stories continue to create an encouraging message: Remarkable healing is possible if girls learn to share their stories in their teens and early twenties. With a new introduction, new chapters, and updated resources, this new edition of Invisible Girls has even more to offer girls, young women, and those who care about them.

Because I Love You: The Silent Shadow of Child Sexual Abuse 

Because I Love You: The Silent Shadow of Child Sexual Abuse 

By Joyce Allan, RN, MA. (2002)

From Amazon.com – The first book which investigates the beliefs and values which underlie SILENCE-KEEPING about child sexual abuse not only by survivors, but also by their friends, family and community. Presented in the form of A COMPELLING MEMOIR, rich in visual warmth, and informed by the expertise of a child activist, it describes how silence creates the “ecology of child sexual abuse.” Ultimately Because I Love You is FOR EVERYONE WHO KNOWS AND CARES ABOUT A VICTIM OR PERPETRATOR, AND EVERYONE WHO IS CONCERNED ABOUT THE EMOTIONAL, PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL SAFETY OF OUR CHILDREN. The book shows how the author’s “life was seriously impacted and nearly derailed by incestuous abuse by her father at an early age, (and) documents her personal struggle to find understanding and expertise in helping her overcome her complicated and extensive posttraumatic and dissociative reactions. “With enormous determination, Allan conducts a detailed examination of her father’s life and learns of his extensive pedophiliac history and its possible origins and motivations. And, finally, she EXAMINES THE SILENCE THAT SO OFTEN ACCOMPANIES ABUSE THAT IS PERPETRATED BY A FAMILY MEMBER, friend, or acquaintance, a silence often based on denial and loyalty that has the inadvertent effect of allowing abuse to continue undeterred. “This is a compelling look at the intergenerational dynamics of sexual abuse and its tragic consequences, and the need for improved and more effective intervention. It is also A TESTAMENT TO HUMAN RESILIANCE AND RENEWAL.”

Healing the Trauma of Childhood Sexual Abuse

The Right to Innocence: Healing the Trauma of Childhood Sexual Abuse: A Therapeutic 7-Step Self-Help Program for Men and Women, Including How to Choose a Therapist and Find a Support Group Mass Market

By Beverly Engel, MFCC (Author),‎ Eleanor Hamilton, PhD. (Foreword) (1990).

From Amazon.com – “A practical and powerful must-read book for all who have suffered childhood sexual abuse, their family members and loved ones, and for all mental health professionals.”
Harold H. Bloomfield, M.D.

As a trained therapist and sufferer of sexual abuse herself, Beverly Engel knows that there is probably no trauma a child can suffer that makes her or him feel more alone than sexual abuse. This helpful book offers hope for recovery with exercises, visualizations, and techniques that support you through a seven-step program, that will aid you in: facing the truth, releasing your anger, confronting those responsible with facts and feelings, forgiving yourself, and more healing advice and information.