Approximately 20 % of girls and 10 % of boys have been sexually abused before their 18th birthday. The statistics may be higher as many people don’t tell anyone about being abused as a child. If you were sexually abused it’s possible to heal from the trauma you endured as a child.
Everyone’s healing journey is different. It is important to find someone to talk to about your experiences and feelings, either someone you know and trust, or a therapist.
If you are a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, know that you are not alone. Many survivors feel that recognizing and speaking about what has happened to them is a vital component in the healing process. It is also important to have positive coping mechanisms in order to cope with flashbacks , memories, triggering situations and days when you feel extra anxious, depressed or overwhelmed. Some healthy coping mechanisms are exercising, journaling, meditation, spending time with safe people, eating comforting foods in moderation and talking to a therapist. Practicing positive self care is very important in the healing process.
Healing can take a long time. Take all the time you need and don;t feel you need to rush or “get over it”. Remember being sexually abused is traumatic and you need to take time and be kind to yourself in order to heal.