8 Heartbreaking Thoughts You Face As An Adult Survivor of Child Sexual Abuse

Heartbreaking Thoughts You Face As An Adult Survivor of Child Sexual Abuse

 

8. “Will I ever have better self-esteem and how?”

You can definitely learn how to build confidence and have better self-esteem. No question, sexual abuse damages your good feelings about yourself as much as it damages trust. Self-love is almost impossible.

But, if you choose a psychotherapist who specializes in sexual abuse and understands not only its conscious effects but also what you can’t know about yourself, you can learn to trust and you can feel lovable.

This means working out all the ways it’s difficult to trust. And, the ways that distrust will inevitably find its way into therapy.

You need a therapist that first helps you build trust by understanding all the ways you can’t and don’t. A therapist that then creates a space where you can safely explore and work out your self-blame, feelings of shame, and the fears that anyone you get close to is a molester.

When you have this kind of therapy, you will begin to feel much better about yourself, relationships will feel safer, and you’ll learn that you are lovable.

Life can change for the better.


Written by Sandra E. Cohen, PhD
Originally appeared in yourtango

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3 thoughts on “8 Heartbreaking Thoughts You Face As An Adult Survivor of Child Sexual Abuse”

  1. Thank you for the insight,
    I, as a sex offender, who went to prison for possession of child pornography want to understand more about the victims thoughts and feelings. I take responsibility for what I did in permitting the behavior for my own gratification. No apology will suffice for what the victim has gone through. The world isn’t as bad, untrustworthy, or nonempathetic as I was. I think it’s important to know that there are many good people out there that can show love and support. Also, these long term effects to victims need to be more known and acknowledged by the public. It is heart breaking to know the truth behind it. Again, I’m not looking for forgiveness, just a way to develop more empathy in those who commit such heinous atrocities.

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