Sexual abuse is any kind of non-consensual sexual contact, including rape, molestation, and sexual harassment. Sexual abuse can be physical, verbal, or psychological.
The effects of sexual abuse can be wide-ranging and long-lasting. Victims of sexual abuse often suffer from depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health issues. They may also develop unhealthy coping mechanisms such as substance abuse or risky sexual behavior. In some cases, victims of sexual abuse attempt or succeed in taking their own lives.
Working with a qualified therapist can help victims of sexual abuse address the psychological effects of the trauma. Therapy can also provide victims with the tools they need to adopt healthier coping mechanisms and build more positive relationships. In some cases, medication may be prescribed to help treat the symptoms of anxiety, depression, and PTSD.
When choosing a therapist, it’s important to find someone you feel comfortable with and who has experience treating sexual abuse victims. You may want to ask about a therapist’s specific training and experience in treating sexual abuse survivors before making an appointment.
If you’re not ready to discuss your experiences with a therapist, there are other resources available to help you heal. Self-help books, support groups, and hotlines can provide you with information and emotional support. However, it’s important to keep in mind that these resources are no substitute for professional help. If you feel like you’re in danger of harming yourself or others, please seek professional help immediately.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual abuse, please seek professional help. FamilyTime Centers offers a variety of therapy services designed to help victims of sexual abuse heal the psychological effects of the trauma and move on with their lives.
Our team of experienced therapists can provide you with the support you need to heal the wounds of sexual abuse and build a brighter future.
If you’ve been the victim of sexual abuse, don’t suffer in silence. Call FamilyTime Centers in Studio City, CA to schedule an appointment with a compassionate therapist.