No child should have to experience the trauma of sexual abuse. Many abuse victims grow into adults who suffer long-term effects because they never received the care and justice they deserve.
Below is information from RAINN, highlighting three key questions adults abused as a child often ask:
- What are the effects of child sexual abuse for adults?
According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), if you experienced sexual abuse as a child, you may encounter a range of short- and long-termeffects. Adult survivors of child sexual abuse may have some of the following concerns that are specific to their experience:
- Guilt, shame, and blame.
- Low Self-esteem.
- Intimacy and relationships
- Why do I still feel this way?
RAINN suggests that there is no set timeline for dealing with and recovering from childhood sexual abuse. Most adult survivors still struggle with these feelings for many years after the actual abuse..
- How should I react when someone tells me they were sexually abused? Your reaction can have a big impact on the survivor, but it isn’t always easy to know what to say. To learn more, RAINN has created guidelines on how to respond to a survivorandself-care tips for friends and family. (See Sources for links.) It is also important to seek legal advice of an experienced sexual abuse attorney about justice for the victim and to discuss bringing a case against the perpetrator.
For the last 20 years the lawyers at Weil Quaranta has been fierce advocates for sexual abuse victims. We have won million dollar settlements on behalf of sexual abuse victims—adults so traumatized by the abuse they suffered as children that the memory of the abuse had been suppressed.
If you or a family member is a victim of sexual abuse, you may have a legal case against those who injured you. Contact Weil Quaranta, P.A. today to speak to our sexual abuse attorneys about your rights and the legal process.
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RAINN How to respond to a survivor:
RAINN Self-care tips for friends and family: https://www.rainn.org/articles/self-care-friends-and-family