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Sexual Abuse

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Sexual Abuse and Assault on Women

As the primary victims of sexual abuse, women tend to have a greater incidence of addiction problems related to this terrible crime. In fact, women have a 5 times greater chance than men to have been sexually abused as a child. An estimated 30 percent of the time, the abuser is a family member, 60 percent of the time it is a friend of the family, and the other 10 percent it is a stranger. As children exposed to sexual abuse, women tend to develop emotional problems related to the abuse.

The trauma of sexual abuse can manifest through depression, denial, eating disorders, hypochondria, anxiety, dissociative patterns, and sexual and/or relationship problems. Many women use alcohol or drugs to cope with these emotions, and continue the cycle of shame, anger, guilt, and pain.

But survivors of sexual abuse have hope. Through sexual abuse counseling, women can begin to address the memories, emotions, and triggers that effect their life and lead them to unhealthy patterns of behavior. Through therapy, you can learn to live a life of gratitude, health, and happiness. Speak to our admissions team to learn about our programs for sexual abuse counseling.

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Sexual abuse and assault effects

long-term effects of sexual abuse and assault:

  • Depression
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Denial and repression
  • Self-destructive behavior
  • Animal cruelty
  • Crime in adulthood
  • Dissociative behaviors
  • Hypochondria
  • Suicide
  • Eating disorders
  • Relationship problems
  • Substance abuse problems
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Substance Abuse as an Escape

female who turns to substances after sexual abuse and assault

It’s Not Your Fault – We’re Here to Help You Heal

In many cases, sexually abused women may turn to drugs to take away the pain or to mask the horrible feelings from their past. Alcohol, cocaine, and other drugs have a powerful effect on the brain. Since these drugs affect the same part of the brain as the effects of sexual abuse, they offer a sort of therapeutic effect in the short-term.

However, in the long-term, the consequences of taking drugs to mask emotional harm are devastating. It is of utmost importance that sexually abused women seek help and therapy as soon as possible. In many cases women don’t discuss the abuse because they’re afraid that nobody will believe them. Some women keep this information to themselves for months and sometimes years, causing their disorders to become progressively more dangerous. They may actually start blaming themselves and believing that they somehow may have deserved the abuse or done something to provoke it. If you or a loved one is suffering from emotional trauma resulting from sexual abuse, don’t wait to seek help from Destination Hope. Speak to our admissions counselors to learn about counseling for sexual abuse, and how we can help you.

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