Reaffirmed Committee on Health Care for Underserved Women This information should not be construed as dictating an exclusive course of treatment or procedure to be followed. Long-term effects of childhood sexual abuse are varied, complex, and often devastating. Many obstetrician-gynecologists knowingly or unknowingly provide care to abuse survivors and should screen all women for a history of such abuse. Depression, anxiety, and anger are the most commonly reported emotional responses to childhood sexual abuse.
Poor adherence to medical recommendations Intolerance of or constant search for intimacy Expectation of early death After-Effects of Child Sexual Abuse in Adults Although there is no single syndrome that is universally present in adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, there is an extensive body of research that documents adverse short- and long-term effects of such abuse.
To appropriately treat and manage survivors of CSA, it is useful to understand that survivors' symptoms or behavioral symptoms resulting from childhood sexual abuse often represent coping strategies employed in response to abnormal, traumatic events. These coping mechanisms are used for protection during the abuse or later to guard against feelings of overwhelming helplessness and terror.
Although some of these coping strategies may eventually lead to health problems, if symptoms are evaluated outside their original context, survivors may be misdiagnosed or mislabeled.
In addition to the psychological distress that may increase the effect of survivors' symptoms, there is evidence that abuse may result in biophysical changes. For example, one study found that, after controlling for history of psychiatric disturbance, adult survivors had lowered thresholds for pain.
It also has been suggested that chronic or traumatic stimulation especially in the pelvic or abdominal region heightens sensitivity, resulting in persistent pain such as abdominal and pelvic pain or other bowel symptoms.
Although responses to sexual abuse vary, there is remarkable consistency in mental health symptoms, especially depression and anxiety.
These mental health symptoms may be found alone or more often in tandem with physical and behavioral symptoms.
More extreme symptoms are associated with abuse onset at an early age, extended or frequent abuse, incest by a parent, or use of force. Responses may be mitigated by such factors as inherent resiliency or supportive responses from individuals who are important to the victim.
Even without therapeutic intervention, some survivors maintain the outward appearance of being unaffected by their abuse. Most, however, experience pervasive and deleterious consequences. The primary after-effects of childhood sexual abuse have been divided into seven distinct, but overlapping categories:National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse a non profit (c)3 child abuse trauma prevention, intervention & recovery We have a single purpose at NAASCA, to address issues related to childhood abuse and trauma including sexual assault, violent or physical abuse, emotional traumas and neglect..
and we do so from two specific perspectives: 1) educating the public, especially as. Many perpetrators of sexual abuse are in a position of trust or responsible for the child’s care, such as a family member, teacher, clergy member, or coach.
Specialists in counseling for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse since A welcoming non-profit organization in Seattle providing individual and group therapy for survivors and their partners on a sliding-fee scale and accepting many insurance plans.
On Marrying a Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse. not want to be a spokesperson for child sex abuse survivors. His experiences are his own, and he finds no comfort in commiserating with others. Handbook on Sensitive Practice for Health Care Practitioners: Lessons from Adult Survivors of Child-hood Sexual Abuse was researched and written by Candice L.
Schachter, Carol A. Stalker, Eli Teram, Gerri C. Lasiuk and Alanna Danilkewich.
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