A lot of people suffer trauma caused by molestation, rape, or any other sexual abuse. This article, though brief, will succinctly describe some of the things such a person can do to help them heal from sexual trauma.
Here are 5 keys to healing from sexual abuse and trauma:
- Talk to people you trust.
Relationships are very important. Having loved ones or a friend or two to talk about the sexual trauma is a big part of healing. Talking gives the sexual trauma victim a chance to process the emotions and other parts of the memory but in addition, just the sense of feeling loved is very important for recovery.
- Confront the perpetrator.
If possible and with the appropriate support in place, confront the perpetrator, if you haven’t already. The sense of powerlessness of being a victim can transform when the person who was victimised feels the sense of empowerment of taking care of themselves when confronting the perpetrator.
- Find support groups.
There are many groups that help adults molested as children, rape victims, and other victims of sexual trauma. These can be short-term groups or ongoing groups.
- Get a qualified therapist to help you through this.
A therapist who is trained in this area will help you navigate through the challenges and help you heal utilizing all the 5 points made above as well as the 7th one below.
- Involve your partner.
If you are in an intimate relationship, have the partner get involved in your healing. A loving, supportive, and mature partner can accelerate your healing by being a good listener; reassuring you and helping you associate touch and physical connection with positive feelings (with the help of a therapist).