Can therapy help a child who has been sexually abused recover?

YES. The lives of children who have been sexually abused are forever changed. But many adults have healed from childhood sexual abuse and are living caring and productive lives.

Some children may be ready to talk about their abuse and deal with it soon after it happens. Others may need to move more slowly, gradually testing the safety of addressing the issues that arise. Children do best with a combination of love from caregivers, and support from a counselor who has special training to work with children who have experienced sexual trauma. Children and youth frequently respond best to specialized, sex-specific treatment when it is offered early and with the support of trusted adults.

Since child sexual abuse affects all members of a family or group, everyone including the adults is likely to need support. There are resources throughout the country that can help a child and its family through this difficult situation.

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