What is Childhood Sexual Abuse?
Sexual contact by force, coercion, or bribery where there is an imbalance in age, size, power, and/or knowledge.
It’s difficult to know how much abuse actually occurs because most abused and neglected children never come to the attention of government authorities.
Secrecy and intense feelings of shame may prevent children, and adults aware of the abuse, from seeking help.
Current estimates are that approximately 15 – 25% of women and 5 – 15% of men were sexually abused as children (National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, 2007).
The negative effects of childhood sexual abuse vary widely. Some people who were sexually abused as children experience few negative effects. Others may experience problems with self-esteem, relationships, schoolwork, or sexual intimacy. Some victims may feel guilty or blame themselves for the abuse, whereas others may minimize it or pretend it didn’t happen.
If you experienced sexual abuse as a child, it can be scary to consider talking with a health professional about this problem. It is very normal to feel this way and treatment can help.
There are several treatment options available on and off campus. An intake evaluation at the Counseling Center can help determine what type of services will best help you.