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The Healing Process

There are better things ahead

than any we leave behind.

(C S Lewis)

A Survivors Guide to Hope & Healing

Many studies show that trauma caused by sexual abuse can have negative experiences in later life, however research shows that with the right support, even severe early life trauma can be resolved. It also shows that when an adult has resolved their childhood trauma, it benefits their family life and personal relationships.

Recovery from sexual abuse is a process which can take time and which involves recognising and working through specific stages.

There are several stages in the process of healing including;

  •  Acknowledging what happened to you,

  •  Breaking the silence

  •  Believing that you were not to blame,

  •  Living through and integrating the feelings of grief, pain and anger

  •  Maybe if it feels right for you, confronting your abuser.

It is hard work and it takes time and it may be painful, but eventually you will reach what is known as the stage of resolution, where, at last, you will be free to move on and concentrate on positive aspects of your life.