Child Abuse by Sydney Newton,Julie Gerrits

By Sydney Newton,Julie Gerrits

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37 Reaching Out It is difficult to stop abuse on your own. You will need help from others to get you out of the abusive situation. Try not to feel ashamed or guilty about asking for help. You may have a horrible feeling in the pit of your stomach thinking about telling someone what is happening to you. This is natural. It is normal to feel worried, scared, or unsure. It takes a lot of courage to reach out. You can practice telling someone in a mirror or in a quiet place. It can sometimes help to know what you want to say ahead of time.

Even long after the abuse, the pain remains. Children who experience sexual abuse are more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression, and PTSD. These are medical conditions or disorders that arise from the trauma of abuse. PTSD is a response to severe trauma where a person’s safety has been threatened. People with PTSD have trouble concentrating, sleeping, and sometimes controlling anger. Some may relive the trauma over and over again or feel detached from everyday experiences. PTSD can make people feel they are reliving their trauma over and over again, even years after their experience.

It takes a lot of courage to ask for it. 38 Who Can You Trust? If you tell a trusted adult that you are being abused, they might call the police or child-welfare authorities to report it. In some places, and for some adults, they are required by law to tell the authorities. If this happens, police and child-welfare workers will talk to you about what will happen next. Their first and most important responsibility is to keep children safe. If you are not sure who you can trust, you can call a helpline.

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