Sexual Abuse2019-08-01T17:29:27+00:00

Christian Counseling for Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse refers to any instance in which one person forces another person to engage in unwanted sexual activities, or makes unsolicited threats or harassing comments of a sexual nature. Abuse is measured subjectively; it can be any unwanted sexual activity or remark that makes a person feel violated or uncomfortable. Sexual abuse can happen to anyone— men, women, children, and adults—and can be a single incident or an ongoing occurrence.

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Sexual abuse refers to any instance in which one person forces another person to engage in unwanted sexual activities, or makes unsolicited threats or harassing comments of a sexual nature. Abuse is measured subjectively; it can be any unwanted sexual activity or remark that makes a person feel violated or uncomfortable. Sexual abuse can happen to anyone— men, women, children, and adults—and can be a single incident or an ongoing occurrence. Most victims know their abuser. The effects of sexual abuse may include anxiety, depression, trauma, flashbacks, fear, shame, and/or low self-esteem.

For most sexual abuse victims, the road to healing is long and difficult, but there is hope for recovery after abuse. The best way to recover from sexual abuse is to openly confront your experience with the help of trusted, qualified professionals. Speaking with a counselor about your experience can help you work through the pain, recognize your worth, and rebuild your life.

Learning to navigate relationships after sexual abuse can be a complex and challenging process. In a healthy relationship, both partners should feel confident about their personal dignity and lines of trust and communication should be totally open. The personal violation of abuse usually causes victims to retreat and often significantly lowers self-esteem. This can make intimacy difficult, but it is essential for others to support the victim by listening and reminding the victim that he or she is worthy of love.

If you are a sexual abuse victim, you must first take steps to ensure your protection: get away from your abuser, surround yourself with supportive family and friends, and see a doctor as soon as possible. Once you are safe, seek the help of a qualified mental health expert. Sometimes victims of abuse will suppress memories of their abuse, only to have the experience resurface months or even years later, when no longer under threat. If this is the case, your first concern will not be safety but dealing with the psychological repercussions of abuse.