I Have Been Sexually Abused. Now What? (Teen Life 411) (Library Binding)
Sexual abuse of children and teens is shockingly common, not to mention under-reported and under-prosecuted. Fortunately, research and education are helping to change that. The trauma of sexual abuse may lead to further long-term symptoms such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, eating disorders, and substance abuse. It is known to increase suicidal thoughts and self-harming behaviors. Seeking help from professionals can alleviate feelings of guilt and shame, shifting the identity of those who have been abused from victim to survivor. This useful and sensitive book debunks popular myths surrounding sexual abuse and provides resources where survivors and loved ones can turn for help. Readers will learn how to identify and confront sexual abuse; its long-term effects; and how to move forward in the aftermath.