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What is Abuse?

The Oxford dictionary (2018) defines abuse as “Treat with cruelty or violence, especially regularly or repeatedly”When addressing the same word- ‘abuse’ but in a different context, we see that the meaning shifts. When defining abuse in regards to young people, it is defined as “Assault (someone, especially a woman or child) sexually” (Oxford dictionary, 2018)


  • In this blog post I will be focusing on the subject, sexual abuse and how it can and has impacted young children.

  • I will also provide information on ways to overcome this type of abuse if you have found yourself to be a victim.


Spreading - this blog post is to draw on the topic and to inform young people, whether it be a boy or girl. However, some people fail to know what sexual abuse is which can often allow you to become subject to prey.


The information you will come across in this blog post has been selected from various websites to give an overview and links have been provided to allow you to do further reading around the topic.


Mind.org are one charity that offer support and advice to those who have experienced sexual abuse. Below I have attached a web link that will enable you to see what support they offer.


Extreme

Sexual abuse is a serious crime. (Raising children, 2018)

Contacting the police has been identified as the first step young people should take following sexual assault.


Some people may be reluctant to involve the police, however when an adult or child reports the sexual assault to the police; they’ll be able to speak with specially trained officers. These officers will be able to guide and support them and their child through the process.

(Raising children, 2018)


Experiences

Recently, Cara Delevinge, a famous British model and actress has revealed that she was sexually abused. There has been a lot of talk around Delevinge, whereby most headlines have emphasised that “she wanted to speak up about sexual abuse”. Thousands of women were sharing their #WhyIDidntReport stories, thus this suggest why Delevinge was more open about her experience. On Thursday, Delevinge tweeted: “because I felt ashamed of what happened and I didn’t want to publicity ruin someone’s life, even though they privately ruined mine #WhyIDidntReport.”


Uncovered

Signs of sexual abuse

It’s not always easy to tell when someone has been sexually abused. The best way to ensure we are aware of this taking place (whether you’re a parent, friend or relative) is by keeping a clear line of communication open and being supportive.

Below I have listed some behavioural signs a teen may exhibit when they’re being sexually abused.

-Anger outbursts

-Depression

-Stress

-Anxiety

-Nightmares

-Poor hygiene

(Lohmann, 2011)


Loud

A Guardian report in 2015 read, ‘I speak out about my sexual abuse because others still suffer in silence’. A middle aged women was reflecting on her past experiences and everything she spoke about really touched me; however what was effective to me is her response for why she is confident enough to speak out. In her interview she simply stated, “ I speak out because what happened to me matters ...I refuse to continue to feel ashamed. Because it’s important sufferers see others speaking out” (Kelly, 2015).

Although some people may feel ashamed about their traumatic experience. Some people often are left to become muted and unresponsive to their ordeal, but this is one of many stories that should inspire you to come forward. By being loud about your experience it can help someone who shares the same experience or save someone who may be oblivious to sexual abuse.

“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.”

1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT


Oxford dictionary. (2018) Sexual abuse. Available at: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/abuse(Accessed: 27th September 2018)

Mind.org. (2018) Abuse. Available at:

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/guides-to-support-and-services/abuse/sexual-abuse/#.W61_nuPTWEc

(Accessed: 27th September 2018)

O’Connor, M. (2018) Cara Delevinge reveals why she waited to speak up about sexual abuse. Available at:https://www.google.com/amp/s/news.sky.com/story/amp/cara-delevingne-reveals-why-she-waited-to-speak-up-about-sexual-abuse-11510339(Accessed: 26th September 2018)

Kelly, S. (2015) I speak out about my sexual abuse because others still suffer in silence. Available at: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/nov/25/sexual-abuse-silence

(Accessed: 26th September 2018)

Raising children.org. (2018) Sexual assault and teenagers. Available at:https://raisingchildren.net.au/teens/mental-health-physical-health/sexual-assault/sexual-assault(Accessed: 27th September 2018)

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