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The Aftermath of Abuse

Recovering from sexual assault is possible.
The Aftermath of Abuse
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Every minute and a half another American is sexually assaulted.

This statistic is staggering, and others are just as discouraging: 5 to 10 percent of men and 20 percent of women report being sexually abused as children, and that’s in addition to the 18 percent of women who are raped during their lifetime. Sexual assault is a real, prevalent threat to both men and women, one that has consequences that extend far past the end of the assault.

Shannon Ethridge, author of The Passion Principles and a sexual assault survivor, describes her own personal experience with sexual abuse:

I grew up hungry for attention, primarily because my father and brother seemed so emotionally unavailable after the sudden death of my 8-year-old sister when I was only 4 years old. As puberty approached, three uncles taught me I could get attention, if I’d play their little games—games like, “How far have you gone with a boy? How far would you let me go? Where will you let me touch you?” ...
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Posted:August 05, 2015
This article was originally published in the August 2015 issue of Today's Christian Woman.
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