The Psych Professionals understand the delicate nature of counselling for victims of sexual abuse. We treat new Sexual Abuse Counselling clients with the utmost care and concern, and all matters are completely confidential. We have trained psychologists with postgraduate qualifications and years of experience who are able to help children, teenagers and adults who have been sexually abused.
Sexual abuse victims are often traumatised for weeks, months or even years after an abusive encounter. Counselling helps them to move through their trauma and come to a place of peace in their life. They are able to clearly see the affects that sexual abuse has had on their life and gives them the tools to change—and remove—negative thought patterns and behaviours.
Victims of sexual abuse can feel alone, afraid and helpless. No matter how difficult your current circumstances or how horrible you feel, remember that countless other people have experienced similar feelings to you, and with the help of Sexual Abuse Counselling have been able to resume healthy, normal lives.
What is sexual abuse?
Sexual abuse is when you are pressured to do something sexual against your will. It is often violent in nature. It includes:
- any form of non-consensual sexual contact
- child molestation
- unwanted touching
Acts of sexual abuse are a crime and should be reported to the police.
Sexual acts must be between consenting adults. You have been sexually abused if you:
- have been forced or pressured to do something sexual that you did not want to do
- were unable to give consent to a sexual act because you were unconscious.
Signs of sexual abuse in children and teenagers
If a minor (someone under the age of 16) has been sexually abused they may not tell you about it. This is usually because they feel shame about the incident or the perpetrator has made them afraid to talk to anyone about it. Instead, they will likely display signs and changes in behaviour. They may:
- suddenly refuse to see a certain person
- try to run away from home
- lose their appetite, or develop an eating disorder
- become anxious or depressed
- not perform as well at school
- start using alcohol or drugs
- have nightmares
- be anxious about a medical examination
- become pregnant
- attempt suicide.
Contact The Psych Professionals
If you relate to the sexual abuse information on this page, please contact the Psych professionals to arrange a suitable time for a counselling appointment.