Is it possible to heal from this? Or at least survive it?
January 19, 2013 7:34 AM Subscribe
If you have experienced child sexual abuse and came to some sort of healing what do you wish you had known from the beginning? What words of advice do you have for someone just beginning to go down that path?
posted by anonymous to human relations (17 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I have been in therapy with an excellent therapist who I trust for two years now. I have learned to deal with a life long depression. I have learned to deal with being raped. And then the memories resurfaced of sexual abuse by my older brother when I was a young girl. I am not sure when it started but it only ended with his suicide when I was 13.
I find myself feeling like I am going crazy on a daily basis and struggling with deep shame, self hate, disassociation, etc. All the fun stuff. I am trying my hardest to hold on but I am not sure if it gets better? Does it? What helped you through?
All I really have is my therapist as I have no real friends to speak of. I have tried online forums but find them overwhelming and more aimed at venting while I am trying to maintain my focus on healing and not letting the rest of my life fall apart (failing!).
Books? Poems? Personal stories? Anything you can think of to let me know it wasn't my fault and other people get through this alive with some sort of ability to be even mildly sane again?
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