Episode 38 – Childhood Sexual Trauma

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Episode 38 – Childhood Sexual Trauma

Nuggets from this Episode of the Podcast

  • Childhood sexual trauma is never the child’s fault.
  • Symptoms for adults who have experienced childhood sexual abuse can include: low self-esteem, trust issues, guilt, shame, poor relationship decisions, drug addiction, eating disorders, and sexual problems.
  • Children who have been physically abused usually believe, ‘they don’t love me because I’m worthless” while children who have been sexually abused believe, “they love me because I’m worthless’.

A conversation between Yuriko and Paul.

Yuriko, intern at Hope Rehab Center Thailand

In this episode of the podcast, Yuriko discusses childhood sexual trauma. It is believed that one out of every four girls, and one out of every six boys suffer this type of abuse. Many of these kids will turn to drugs a way to cope as they get older.

It is definitely possible to build a good life and enjoy healthy relationships following childhood sexual abuse, but it will usually require time to heal and appropriate support.

You can listen to our conversation now by pressing play below:

Hope Mindful Compassion Show – Episode 38

  • How do we define ‘childhood sexual trauma’?

  • What makes an event ‘childhood sexual trauma’? (i.e. is it what happened or is it how the child perceived what happened?)

  • Is it common for clients who come to rehab to also be dealing with issues related to childhood sexual trauma?

  • How does experiencing childhood sexual trauma impact people as they get older?

  • What kind of symptoms do people experience?

  • Is it always necessary for clients who come to rehab to face any issues surrounding childhood sexual trauma?

  • What if a client’s attitude towards this past trauma is, “I don’t want to think about it”?

  • Is it possible for people to have experienced this type of trauma in childhood to not remember it but still be affected by it?

  • Is it possible to fully recover from childhood sexual trauma?

  • How do people recover? (e.g. do they always need therapy?)

  • What advice would you give listeners who are currently dealing with this issue?

  • Can you recommend any resources? (e.g. books, YouTube videos, websites etc.)

Recommended Resources

Adult Survivors of Child Abuse Anonymous

Hungry for TouchA Journey from Fear to Desire by Laureen Peltier



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