PSYCH REVIEW

Surviving Sexual Abuse

Living in a Dark World

It happens far more often than any of us would like. A moment of unrestrained passion can lead to child sexual molestation with long-term consequences. Even when a pregnancy does not result, emotional trauma affects future interpersonal relationships.

On two ends of the spectrum, a victim can either become frigid and antisocial or hypersexual. Patrick Carnes, PhD is an internationally acclaimed speaker and authority on sex addiction treatment. He reports that 81% of sex addicts were sexually abused as children.

Some who triumph over childhood sexual abuse are able to mask their pain and function pretty well in society. Others are hindered by psychological, physical, and behavioral symptoms.

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