More is being learned on the long-term effects of childhood sexual abuse and how it impacts victims into adulthood. Although statistics vary on the prevalence of child sexual abuse, it is estimated that up to 33% of adult women and 18% of adult men suffered sexual abuse as a child or adolescent. These victims can have long-lasting impacts on their lives, including a wide variety of emotional and psychological disorders which can detract from living healthy, happy lives.
Common Adult Symptoms Of Childhood Sexual Abuse
For many survivors of childhood sexual abuse, the trauma of their abuse can leave a lasting and detrimental effect on their adult lives. The emotional scars can affect every aspect of their daily lives, from their relationships to their ability to perform their job. Although many persevere in leading productive lives, they still may suffer from pain and emotional problems that are rooted in their abusive childhoods.
Some of the most common adult symptoms associated with childhood sexual abuse are disorders that are prevalent in today’s society. Although not everyone who has these disorders was sexually abused, it is fair to say that many that were abused are more likely to have these emotional and psychological issues. These can include:
- Depression. One of the most common symptoms reported among adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse is depression. These symptoms can consist of a negative self-image, feelings of unworthiness and even suicidal thoughts or actions.
- Eating and sleep disorders. Linked with depression, adult’s who experienced childhood sexual abuse may have difficulty establishing regular sleep patterns. Also, eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia have been linked to sexual abuse.
- Anxiety disorders. Many survivors of sexual abuse as a child have fear and anxiety disorders, often prone to phobias and anxiety attacks. Many of the long-term anxiety effects have been compared to post-traumatic stress disorders experienced by war veterans.
- Relationship issues. Feelings of distrust and fear of intimacy can follow sexually abused children into adulthood. These issues can affect their ability to maintain healthy relationships with family, friends and romantic partners.
- Sexual function. Many childhood sexual abuse survivors are left with issues regarding sexual relationships. These issues can include high-risk promiscuous behavior, sexual difficulties and, in some women, pain during sexual intercourse.
The impact of childhood sexual abuse can taint almost every aspect of an adult survivors life. Although counseling and therapy can help victims overcome these difficulties, the emotional scars can be with them for the rest of their life.Attorneys Who Appreciate The Impact Child Sexual Abuse
Since an estimated 1 out of 3 women and 1 out of 5 men in the U.S. are survivors of child sexual abuse, these victims are sprinkled throughout society. Many find the therapy that helps them cope with their abusive pasts, while others struggle with emotional and psychological problems. It can be a life-long battle to overcome the abuse that was so tragically forced upon them as children.
As attorneys who have had the honor of representing individuals who have been sexually traumatized in their youth, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is committed to holding responsible parties entirely responsible for their acts or those of their under their control. While many of this cases require litigation, our office will take every precaution to ensure that the process is as smooth as possible when it comes to the impact on the individual. Indeed you are never alone in these matters; we truly are your partner during the entire process. Contact us today!
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