Sadly, child sexual abuse is at an all-time high. Incest by a family member or a trusted adult happens to nearly one out of four girls, and one out of ﬁve boys, before they reach their 18th birthdays. The abuser can be a parent, grandparent, uncle, brother, stepparent, coach, clergy member, baby sitter, or even a teacher. Abusers come in all forms, and they can also be female. The rise of sexual abuse to boys by a trusted adult female is making headlines all too often.
Child Sexual Abuse
Every child is vulnerable to sexual abuse, regardless of age, sex, religion or community. Sexual abuse is happening every day to very young children, as well as to teenagers. Sexual abuse can include everything from an adult who spies on a child while showering, to forcibly raping a child. Abuse by an older child or adult against a younger child may start gradually. The emotions of the child are played upon, for they may not truly understand what is happening to them at ﬁrst. Adults may play upon the child's love. Children want approval and are eager to please, and may not recognize the signs of a perpetrator.
Victims of child sexual abuse may carry the horrors of their experiences with them their entire lives. Low self-esteem, drug addiction, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, depression and relationship problems can result. It is important that children are believed if they tell someone about abuse. If they are not believed and are simply dismissed, they will probably never tell again. They may forever remain victims. Let's Talk Counseling wants to help and educate anyone who may have been a victim of child sexual abuse. It is never too late to seek the services of a professional to help aid you with your healing. If you have been the victim of child sexual abuse or any form of sexual abuse, you can conﬁdentially contact one of the many professionals we have. All services are secure, and you can do it from the privacy of your own home. Just click "Sign Up" on the upper right hand side of this screen to begin