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Sexual Abuse Therapy

Every 92 seconds, an individual will experience a sexual assault. In fact, sexual abuse affects women, men, adults, and children of all ages. Therefore, it is critical for survivors to know that it is not their fault and they are not alone. This is what makes Sexual Abuse Therapy so important. Of course, sexual abuse is traumatic and can produce long-lasting effects for survivors.

Sexual abuse can be defined as any unwanted sexual activity or act imposed on a person. Childhood Sexual Abuse can be defined as any sexual act or act of exploitation involving a child. Of course, it’s essential to remember sexual abuse can occur through physical and non-physical contact. In fact, we treat all kinds at the Harmony Bay sexual abuse treatment center.

For example, forms of physical contact that are sexual abuse are:

  • Fondling
  • Penetration
  • Sodomy
  • Rape
  • Unwanted Touch

For example, forms of non-physical contact that are sexual abuse include:

  • Internet stalking to obtain sex
  • Exhibitionism
  • Photographing a child in sexual poses
  • Showing Pornography to a child
  • Indecent exposure

If you’re a victim of sexual abuse, then our Sexual Abuse Therapy is here to help. Learn how to finally find relief from symptoms of sexual abuse and also begin turning a corner in recovery through our mental health treatments.

WHAT ARE COMMON SYMPTOMS OF SEXUAL ABUSE

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 After experiencing sexual abuse, survivors often develop a series of emotional, psychological, as well as behavioral symptoms.

For example, some of the emotional responses that can occur are:

  • Intense fear
  • Guilt
  • Shame
  • Worthlessness
  • Sadness
  • Anger
  • Numbness
  • Anxiety
  • Hopelessness

On the other hand, behavioral symptoms can include:

  • Substance Use Problems
  • Bathing Frequently
  • Self-Harm
  • Sexual Promiscuity or Sexual Dysfunction
  • Eating Behaviors
  • Avoidance of Social Gatherings
  • Isolation
  • Poor Concentration

Also, there are psychological conditions that can include:

  • PTSD
  • Panic Disorder
  • Major Depression
  • Anorexia
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Somatic Disorders

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Individualized treatment after experiencing Sexual Abuse is critical to the journey of healing. In fact, several different treatment interventions are available, including:

 

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Somatic Experiencing
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

 

Other traditional psychotherapies may be used to guide individuals to re-building safety and also peace in the aftermath of their traumatic experiences. In addition, group therapy will provide mindfulness techniques to increase tools to cope with and tolerate distress.

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