SEXUAL ABUSE

Sexual abuse is the fastest grown category of family violence reported every year.

Regrettably, sexual abuse occurs in professing Christian families. Some psychologists believe that 80% of sexual abuse victims come from “religious” homes.

Between 60,000 and 100,000 children are sexually abused each year, and a child can be considered sexually abused without sexual intercourse occurring.

One out of three to four girls and out of five to eight boys will experience some form of sexual abuse. One in ten families is involved in incestuous abuse, and for every case of incest that is reported, at least 25 cases remain hidden. The least seldom reported is sibling incest.

Some of the signs that you possibly were sexually abused include: feeling depressed, angry, fearful, and guilty; deep lack of trust in relationships with others; repeatedly “victimized;” difficult time feeling feelings, emotionally shut down; obsessive/compulsive behaviors; experienced sexual difficulties; consistently struggle with feelings of low self-esteem.

Abuse can affect a life long after the abuse has ended. You may have difficulties with trust, self-protection, self-esteem, achievement, fitting in, and intimate relationships. You may also enter relationships with mates who abuse you and allow yourself to be re-victimized. Abuse victims often unconsciously choose the familiar abusive situation until they come to terms with their past.

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
Be devoted to one another in love.
Honor one another above yourselves.
Romans 12:9-10

Summit Counseling provides help to those who suffer from sexual abuse or suffered abuse in their past. Call or visit us on the web.