These Are Some Ways That Young People Who Have Been Sexually Abused Have Said That They Are Feeling On The Inside:

Sexual Abuse
4. How You May Be Affected by Sexual Abuse


These Are Some Ways That Young People Who Have Been Sexually Abused Have Said That They Are Feeling On The Inside:

  • Some feel depressed or have sad feelings and cry a lot.
  • Some feel guilty or feel that the abuse is their fault.
  • Some feel nervous and frightened.
  • Some have nightmares.
  • Some think about the abuse happening over and over and are not able to stop these thoughts.
  • Some have "flashbacks"- intense memories of the abuse that feel like it is happening all over again, often triggered by a situation or feeling that reminds them of the abuse.
  • Some have thoughts of suicide or think "I would be better off dead."
  • Some feel hopeless and feel like they have no future to look forward to.
  • Some have angry feelings, feel out of control and explode when they dont want to.
  • Some use alcohol and drugs to try to forget about the abuse.
  • Some feel like cutting or hurting their bodies in other ways.
  • Some feel they are separate from their bodies. Sometimes this leads to commercial sexual exploitation, such as strip-club dancing and prostitution.