12. Sexual Abuse / Trauma
Sexual trauma is one of the most horrid experiences a person can have. It affects nearly every part of their psychological functioning. People experience flashbacks, fear, trust issues, sexual avoidance, relational avoidance, and much more. Recovering from abuse or trauma is a long process. It is painful and scary to try and make sense of what happened and why it happened. In many cases, a person feels like they will never be “normal” again. Even if the abuse took place 10 or 20 years ago, it may still haunt the individual – especially if they never sought help to fully heal. It is never too late (or early) to start the recovery process.