Effects of CSA

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 13, 2008 11:41 hrs

The effects of child sexual abuse vary from child to child with each child developing his/her own coping mechanism. The effects are dependent on a host of factors, the primary ones being age of the child, sex of the child, the relationship with the abusers, frequency of abuse and availability of support systems etc. But some of the more common effects of child sexual abuse recorded are:

  • Distrust of others and themselves.

  • Terror and anxiety.

  • Shame, guilt, and self-hatred.

  • Alienation from their bodies.

  • Isolation and withdrawal from people and activities.

  • Powerlessness, depression, and extreme passivity.

  • Anger.

  • Obsession with sex or complete aversion to it.

  • Questioning their sexuality and gender.

  • Drug and alcohol use, abuse and addiction.

  • Eating disorders.

  • Perfectionism and workaholism.

  • Mental illness and suicide.

  • Sexual offending. Source: www.tulir.org

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