Sexual Exploitation & Sexual Abuse

Impacts of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.

Impacts of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.

Sexual abuse is predominantly high in society. Although it affects people of all ages and gender, adolescents are easy prey for sexual predators.

Sexual abuse will not only leave behind physical trauma, but it will also hugely impact the mental and psychological well-being of an individual.

Adolescence is a crucial phase for every one. Having a positive outlook towards life is an essential aspect during this phase for utterly positive growth of an individual's personality. Unfortunately, abuse at this young age will leave behind considerable trauma in one's life. It will not only affect the person during his/her adolescence but also their whole life if the victims are not identified and helped in overcoming the trauma.

 

 

Why is sexual abuse more common during adolescence?

Teenagers are highly vulnerable to sexual activities. Because of the hormonal spurts, teens go through mixed emotions. They may not understand the hormonal changes happening inside them and are thus confused. It is pretty easy for an outsider to take advantage of this fact. Things might happen unusually fast even before they can realize what is happening and react to it. Teens may not be well aware of the facts about sex education. Thus, they can be easily coerced into indulging in sexual activities.

 

Impacts of sexual abuse

Apart from mental trauma, physical injuries or scars are hugely predominant.

The various impacts include:

  • Depression
  • Chronic insomnia
  • Fear of facing the public
  • Anxiety
  • Severe mood swings
  • Eating disorders
  • Low self-esteem
  • Guilt
  • Becoming more aggressive and short-tempered
  • Inability to focus on studies
  • Fearfulness
  • Physical trauma
  • Emotional numbing
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Hyper-alertness
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Psychotic disorders

 

How can parents or care-takers help?

Parents play a major part in helping adolescents overcome any trauma. It is all about imbibing courage, confidence, and trust in their kids. This will tremendously help break the barriers of discomfort and hesitation between the parents and the child. Providing moral support, encouraging teens to face the world boldly, not putting too much pressure on studies, seeking adequate medical and psychological guidance whenever required will all help the victim to overcome the traumatic phase positively, and possibly in a more natural way.

 

Conclusion

Sexual abuse in adolescents is a serious but common condition. However, with proper support and care, it is possible for the victim to overcome the trauma and lead a normal life.

 

Special Thanks to Dr. Supriya Arwari (M.D, D.G.O) for the expert advice.

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