Sexual abuse violates the core of a persons being. Many adults who have been sexually abused as children can experience an array of very intense feelings. Each person's experiences are unique, however these are some common responses to sexual abuse among many survivors. These can include self hatred, low self worth, guilt, shame and self blame. The impact of sexual abuse does not end when the abuse ends. Adult survivors may also experience long term effects on their emotional and mental health and are at a higher risk of developing depression, anxiety, panic attacks and self destructive behaviours such as alcohol or drug misuse.
Many people who have experienced childhood sexual abuse find it hard to trust; this can make it more difficult to ask for support. It may be that they have never disclosed their abuse to anyone. Working with a therapist in a safe environment can help to process unexpressed emotions associated with sexual abuse and begin the journey on the road to recovery