The combination of a loving support system and professional therapy aids a child’s recovery, and avoids potential harmful psychological challenges that emerge as a result of trauma.
The effects of child sexual abuse are complex and vary from child to child.
Healing from child sexual abuse is a process that takes time and effort.
For most children who have been abused, getting help from a specialized professional with a background in working with children who have been sexually abused can be very helpful. The specific situation of abuse must be considered in determining the urgency of finding a professional: was it a close family member or friend; was it ongoing; how has it affected the child’s emotional or physical health.
Sometimes parents feel reluctant to bring their child to a therapist or counselor. Helping a child heal often requires a combination of loving support from trusted adults and the help of a trained therapist or counselor. Yet some parents may be embarrassed or fearful of turning to outside help. Others may not want to seek professional help because they’re afraid that “harping” on the abuse will make the child feel worse. In India, getting access to a therapist may be a problem. Social stigma is another factor.
These feelings are completely understandable, but the effects of child sexual abuse can be far-reaching and last into adulthood if a child isn’t offered professional and familial support and the chance to safely express their response to their experience.
When no helpful interventions are offered to a child who has suffered sexual abuse there are many difficulties that can emerge or unfold over time. Without essential recovery support, children and adult survivors may face these challenges:
Difficulty trusting others
Feelings of isolation and stigma
Problems with intimate relationships
Problems with expression of sexuality
By giving your child loving support and getting them appropriate treatment, you can strengthen your child’s innate ability to heal and his/her in-born resilience.
Based on material from StopItNow