Child abuse is an umbrella term used to refer to physical, emotional and sexual abuse as well as child neglect. Although all these types of abuses can result in similar bad consequences, the severity levels will differ for each kind of abuse. Let’s learn more about the subject by focusing on child sexual abuse.
Child sexual abuse can range from a one-time assault to years of molestation. It can be physical in the form of kissing, fondling, improper touching, forced undressing or even penetrative or oral sexual activity. It can be non-physical in the form of exhibitionism (indecent exposure), voyeurism (peeping in doors/windows) and child pornography. It can also be violent, where the child is physically injured or mutilated.
Consequences of Child Sexual Abuse
Child sexual abuse has many harmful and devastating effects on its young victims - physically, mentally and spiritually—leaving scars that can last a lifetime. If we are to understand and help victims of this crime, we must have an appreciation of some of the more common emotional and psychological reactions they may suffer. From the outset, it is important to acknowledge that the effects are often suffered not only by the victims but also by their families and the community. For many survivors of child sexual abuse, the trauma of the abuse itself may only be the beginning of their suffering.
Child Sexual Abuse Can Lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
The extremely frightening, stressful, or overwhelming experience of sexual abuse can also lead to a natural emotional reaction known as PTSD. What makes PTSD dangerous is that it can be hard to identify and diagnose. Although some people’s onset of PTSD may be quick, others may not notice issues for years. Common signs of PTSD include:
- Severe anxiety
- Nightmares and a persistent feeling of fear
- Loss of feelings
- Inability to concentrate
PTSD is a grave mental illness which needs long-term (and expensive) medical care. If your child has been a victim of sexual abuse and is now suffering from mental conditions, our team of child abuse lawyers Samples Ames PLLC can help your child get fair compensation for his or her suffering. You can reach us by voice or text at 469-466-2600, or email to [email protected].