The way I protected myself from the abuse was to mentally separate my body from my mind.I think this is the reason I don't remember who the abuser was.
If a child feels that he or she is not being protected, that child should speak to another trusted adult who can support them and het them help._______________________ Austin, TX: Why do states maintain a statute of limitation on prosecuting child abusers?Most victims cannot comprehend or deal with the abuse until they are adults and most abusers are repeat offenders.My ex-husband abused our daughter when she was young - I've only known for three years.It's very isolating as a parent - not exactly dinner table conversation.Some do suffer long-term consequences that may or may not be related to the abuse.
There is something called trauma-focused treatment that has been shown effective in reducing the post-traumatic stress symptoms (flashbacks, nightmares, etc.) and depressive symptoms that victims experience.
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They are expected to be strong protectors, not victims.
Also, with sex abuse, there is often a fear among men, that being abused (if the perp is a male) means that the victim may become "gay"._______________________ Everett, MA: I am 46-year-old woman who was sexually abused by mother's boyfriend from age 8 until 13.
Annette Hernandez: I do not know the answer to this question but it is an unfortunate reality.