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Long Term Effects of Child Sexual Abuse

Child sexual abuse is an exhausting to have to handle alone and at the end of the day, many people have to face it by themselves. It can cause major emotional and physical health problems throughout someone’s life. This trauma has been known to cause long term effects on victims’ well-beings. Here are some physical, mental/emotional and relational effects of child sexual abuse that have been known to be expressed in adult survivors:

 

Physical:

Chronic diseases or pain

High-risk sexual behavior (unprotected sex, multiple partners)

Risky lifestyle (smoking, drinking, etc)

Poor physical health

Sexual problems (painful intercourse, STIs)

Violent behavior

Self-harm

Early motherhood

 

Mental/Emotional:

Anxiety

Depression

Post-partum depression

Substance abuse

Post-traumatic stress disorder

Isolation

Anger

Impulsivity

Suicidal thoughts

Self-hatred

Being ashamed

Low self-esteem

 

Relational:

Commitment issues

Distrusting

Fear of intimacy

Troubled parent-child relationships

Parentification of children



These side-effects of child sexual abuse can ruin a person’s health. Whether it is physical or relational, it is important to get justice especially after having gone through some of these negative effects. It is difficult to feel like you are not alone but there we specialize in helping victims of child sexual abuse. There are many ways you can turn your life around after experiencing this. We can help you. Contact us for further assistance.