SEXUAL VICTIMISATION AND INCEST SHOULDN’T BE A SECRET.

While parenting may not be an easy time, there are a number of safety measures that a parent can put in place to ensure the safety of their children.
Women who were at one time molested by a family member at childhood are mostly at risk with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder .The following symptoms are evident as they grow with the memory of being victimised.
Often times,they live in shock, denial, confusion ,fear ,secrecy and destructiveness.
Re_experiencing the events through flashbacks, distressing images ,perceptions and night mares are evident of the fact that the individual is suffering from a terrible trauma that needs attention.
Usually, women who struggle with these fears try as far as possible to avoid talking about the event,they avoid places,people or things that are associated with the event. Hyper_ arousal or feeling on edge ,irritability and exaggerated startle or response to stimuli are often times present as they move through life.
While this traumatic event must not be kept a secret, there are instances when the real act of sexual victimisation and symptoms are undetected by parents owing to the secrecy of the behaviour and the fear of stigma attached to the event.
Sexual victimisation is a horrifying event that the individual may carry throughout her life time.
Research has shown that, this event usually occurs during late childhood for girls and if they are unable to find help,may live with it forever.
Parents must be alert to figure out any mood change as their girls transit from childhood through late childhood into becoming adults, teachers must join the fight against sexual victimisation in schools.
All stake holders are encouraged to be part of the life of the girl child as she grows .
To find confidential counselling on issues of sexual abuse,please call our 24 hour helpline at 0302909104.
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