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Child Sexual Abuse is very traumatic to a child and disrupts child development. Sexual abuse is often a form of complex trauma when a child is exposed to multiple or prolonged traumatic sexual events. Complex trauma, such as sexual abuse, often begins in early childhood and occurs within the primary caregiving system. Exposure to these initial traumatic experiences, the resulting emotional dysregulation and the loss of safety, direction, and the ability to detect or respond to danger cues, often sets off a chain of events leading to subsequent or repeated trauma exposure in adolescence and adulthood.
Health Impacts of Trauma on Children
High levels and constant or toxic stress changes the way children’s brains develop and can cause long term health issues. Learn more by going to these links.
General Trauma Resources
Treatments for Trauma