I write and talk a lot about the impact of trauma such as sexual abuse on the developing child as well as on into adulthood. It can be challenging to find words enough to convey the pervasive, devastating effects. Sometimes clients struggle with understanding just why some area of their adult life is affected by prior abuse.
Psychological effects are likely to be most severe if the trauma is:
- Human caused
- Undergone in childhood
- Perpetrated by a caregiver
Childhood sexual abuse often includes many if not all of these characteristics.
This video, The Burden, illustrates it far better than my words alone can. If you are a survivor of childhood sexual abuse you may find viewing this video triggering, so exercise good self-care. You may also resonate.
“Sexual abuse can be a heavy burden for a child.”