The experienced professionals here at The Fitch Law Firm understand the significant trauma associated with sexual abuse, and how it can negatively affect and change the course of a victim’s life. This is why we are so passionate about our commitment to aggressively seek justice for sexual abuse victims nationwide, and will continue to dedicate our time and effort to use the legal system to hold perpetrators accountable.
We realize that a survivor of sexual abuse is often left to live with the long-term, or even permanent consequences of being victimized, which in some cases impact most if not all areas of their life, including the ability to maintain employment and successful relationships. If you or a loved one has been sexually abused, call us at (855) 614-6084 today to find out how we can help.
Due to the severity of the trauma associated with sexual abuse, victims often experience long-term psychological effects. Some of these are as follows:
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Substance abuse
- Eating disorders
- Difficulties establishing interpersonal relationships.
- Sexual difficulties
However, the most common mental health difficulties among sexual abuse victims include depression and PTSD.
Depression is one of the most common effects of sexual abuse, and is often confused with being sad or blue. However, depression associated with such a traumatic life event such as sexual abuse may result in persistent depressed mood or irritability, consistent feelings of sadness, loss of hope, fatigue, loss of energy or interest in previously enjoyed activities.Such changes often result in impaired functioning or difficulties in most if not all areas of the victim’s life, including social, occupational and educational. Childhood sexual abuse is also associated with the onset of depression in adulthood, as such a stressful life event predisposes individuals to depression.
Survivors of sexual abuse often experience shame, guilt, and even self-blame as they may often take responsibility for the abuse. Often when the abuse is done by a trusted or respected individual, it may be difficult for victims, particularly for children, to see the perpetrator in a negative light, leading then to believe it had to be their fault. Therefore, in the process of blaming themselves, victims may begin to think negatively about themselves which may later be linked to self-destructive behaviors including cutting and thoughts of committing suicide.
It is also very common for victims of sexual abuse to experience symptoms consistent with post-traumatic stress disorder. These symptoms include severe anxiety, flashbacks (acting or feeling as if the traumatic event were recurring), nightmares, and persistent thoughts of the event. Victims may also experience acute or severe psychological distress when exposed to things or particular situations that reminds them of the traumatic incident.
You are not alone
When a victim experiences these mental health difficulties, it is very important that they get access to the necessary help and support that will help in their stability and recovery. The professionals at the Fitch Law Firm understand the importance of getting victims the help they need, and are dedicated to getting them justice.
If you have been sexually abused, and are experiencing mental health difficulties, call us today toll-free at (855) 614-6084 to see how we can help.