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Focus on child sexual abuse needs to include mental health services for survivors

Excerpt from article by Clare Allan for The Guardian There is a sense of national outrage at the seemingly endless stream of revelations concerning the sexual abuse of children by people in the public eye. While such outrage is understandable, I can’t help being struck by the simultaneous lack of concern about the cuts to the services and support many survivors of sexual abuse depend on. Around half of people using mental health services report histories of sexual and/or physical abuse and there is masses …

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The effects of child sexual abuse don’t end in childhood

The effects of child sexual abuse don’t stop in childhood. Without proper intervention and treatment, this issue can rob children of their potential and lead to life-long consequences affecting both victims and communities. Victims of child sexual abuse are more likely to develop substance abuse problems than those who have not been abused. In fact, adult survivors of child sexual abuse are nearly three times more likely to report substance use problems than non-victims. Mental health issues are a common long-term consequence of child sexual …

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Immediate consequences of child sexual abuse

Child sexual abuse is likely the most prevalent health problem with the most serious array of consequences. As parents and youth serving professionals, it’s important to understand the signs of child sexual abuse. They’re not always readily apparent, but they’re often present. There are several emotional and behavioral issues children immediately face as a result of abuse:   Emotional and Mental Health Problems These are often the first indicators of child sexual abuse. Examples include behavioral problems, physical aggression, non-compliance, anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts. …

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