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Surviving Childhood Sexual Abuse

Holiday Check-ins

As the holiday season approaches, I want to encourage you all to check in on your friends and family who you know are survivors. Although we may appear to be alright, the holidays can be a very traumatic and triggering time. From my experience, sexual abuse occurs far more by family members than it occursContinue reading “Holiday Check-ins”

Improving Mental Health

One of the most important parts of healing in our journey as survivors is improving and maintaining our mental health. I believe that there are a variety of ways in which we can have a healthy outlook on our lives. First, and most obvious, is to find a therapist. I’ve been participating in therapy sinceContinue reading “Improving Mental Health”

Sadness

For many survivors, the holidays hold sadness. I believe that I was very fortunate that my perpetrator was not in my family, so I only saw him on certain occasions. Yet I still experience a great deal of sadness during the holidays because my routine is disrupted and I have more time to think irrationally.Continue reading “Sadness”

The Grooming Relationship

The part of my sexual abuse that is the most disturbing for me is the fact that my perpetrator groomed me for his own pleasure. The deception and trust that was broken had lasting effect on how I viewed every relationship thereafter. Perpetrators seems especially keen and adept at finding young men and women whoContinue reading “The Grooming Relationship”

Handling Emotions

The first thing my sexual abuse taught me was to bury my emotions. Mostly just the negative ones, like sadness, frustration, and anxiety. I thought that if I could keep in control all of the time over my negativity, then no one would ever know what was going on inside. The side effect of thisContinue reading “Handling Emotions”

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