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Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse, whether it occurs during childhood, adolescence, or as an adult, can be devastating. One in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before they turn 18. Rape and sexual molestation are the most underreported crimes, because often the victim is threatened with retaliation or feels undue shame about their experience. Most survivors of sexual abuse know their attacker. Often it is someone trusted, who was expected to care for and protect the victim. This can be confusing and interfere with future relationships. Sexual abuse of any kind, whether perpetrated by someone close or by a stranger, can cause post-traumatic stress. (See PTSD.) Being sexually victimized can result in relentless rage or paralyzing anxiety. One can be overwhelmed with a feeling of helplessness. The mind and body want to heal from trauma and be restored to a sense of well-being. Often, you just need help to get through to the other side of the trauma.

Dr. Lubell has been treating survivors of sexual abuse for thirty years. She has worked with survivors individually, in couples, and in groups. Her experience, compassion and wisdom can guide you towards healing. One of the treatments she employs is EMDR. (See EMDR.) EMDR is supported by many years of research as effective in treating PTSD that can result from sexual abuse, incest, or rape. No matter how long ago or how recently, or how many times it happened, you can recover from sexual trauma.

Resources:

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
- by Bessel van der Kolk MD

The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, 20th Anniversary Edition
- by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis

The Sexual Healing Journey: A Guide for Survivors of Sexual Abuse, 3rd Edition
- by Wendy Maltz

Victims No Longer: The Classic Guide for Men Recovering from Sexual Child Abuse Paperback
- by Mike Lew

Allies in Healing: When the Person You Love Was Sexually Abused as a Child Paperback
- by Laura Davis

RAINN: Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673