Each person’s path to recovery is unique. However, many survivors of childhood sexual abuse have found the following ways of approaching their experience useful: –
- Avoid blaming yourself for the abuse. Remember you were a child when the abuse occurred and that your innocence was manipulated.
- Remember that you are not alone. Unfortunately, a large number of both girls and boys world-wide experience some form of unwanted sexual act before the age of 18.
- Find ways to talk about your experience or express yourself on other way, such as through writing or drawing, so that you can release some of your feelings rather than keep them bottled up inside.
- Start to look after yourself now and avoid turning feelings of guilt and anger against yourself. You deserve to be cared for a treated with respect and kindness especially after what happened to you in the past.
- Do not despair. People do heal from childhood abuse. It is possible to accept what happened, to reduce its effects and move on to a fulfilling life and healthy relationships.
Average recovery times
It is difficult to say how long it will take you to recover from the effects of your experience(s). However, if you are ready and willing to make necessary changes in your life, and you are committed to doing the work required, there is no reason why you should be any different from any other woman who has come to us for support.
Individuals who have received support from LRCC over the past year, have received an average of between 8 – 10 sessions. They made the decision to move on themselves because of how confident they had become.
You can do the same.