Sexual abuse of children occurs when they are forced or persuaded into sexual acts or situations by others.
They might be encouraged to look at pornography, be harassed by sexual suggestions or comments, be touched sexually or forced to have sex.
The long term effects can be devastating and the earlier such abuse begins, the harder it can be for the child to recover.
If you suspect a child is being abused contact the NSPPC on 0800 800 5000
As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, you may find you may suffer from, depression, flashbacks, anxiety and or panic attacks. Perhaps you feel anger, guilt and shame about what happened and have a belief of worthlessness, low self esteem and lack of confidence. Maybe you have physical symptoms, which are linked to the abuse.
Prolonged childhood sexual abuse can also lead to Eating Disorders, Phobia’s, PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and personality disorders, including DID – Dissociative Identity Disorder.