Survivors of Sexual Trauma

Survivors of Sexual Trauma


The statistics for sexual abuse are staggering and the numbers are most likely underestimated due to the fact that sexual abuse often goes unreported. The National Center for Victims of Crime reports that 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse. RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) estimates that 1 out of every 6 women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime.

Sexual abuse damages a survivor’s body, emotions, thinking, relationships, and spirit (Diane Langberg, On The Threshold of Hope). However, clients often minimize or deny the effects in an effort to go on with life. Many survivors go years or even decades before they ever tell anyone or reach out for help. Survivors experience intense shame and don’t even realize or have hope that, through counseling and support, they can courageously process what has happened and improve their quality of life immensely.


Manifestations of Sexual Abuse

  • depression, anxiety, anger
  • difficulty with emotional regulation or numbing of emotions
  • suicide attempts
  • post traumatic stress disorder including flashbacks and nightmares
  • fear of being rejected
  • extreme guilt and shame
  • perfectionism
  • low self worth, feelings of insecurity, fear of failure
  • feel different from others
  • trust too little or too much
  • anger at self
  • fear of close relationships
  • difficulty in parenting
  • become workaholics
  • strained marital relationships, problems with intimacy

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