The effects of sexual assault/abuse on children
Child sexual abuse/assault is serious and can be highly traumatic for the child or young person. It can leave the child feeling betrayed, confused, frightened, guilty and ashamed. The trauma can have mild to severe, short term or long term negative psychological effects and behavioural problems. It can effect learning, relationships and the overall development and mental health of the child. The effects vary and depend on the abuse circumstances and the developmental stage of the child. Importantly, the negative effects can be minimised if the child or young person is offered support and believed. Many go on to live happy, functioning and secure lives in the future.
Sexual abuse affects the whole family. For this reason, Allambee works to reduce the impacts of the abuse and to promote appropriate inter-personal boundaries and protection from future abuse with the child, parents and siblings when required.