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Support Mode for the Survivor of Sexual Abuse

Although there is evidence that emotional outcomes of any form of abuse has a long-standing and serious impact on one's development and social functioning, external intervention in such cases tends to be limited. A few modes that could provide support towards the survivor of sexual abuse could be through:

Young people must be educated on:

Feeling good about themselves and knowing that they are loved, valued and protected.

The difference between safe and unsafe touches.

Knowing the names of all body parts to communicate clearly if needed.

Respecting their body and letting nobody touch them or hurt them.

Family support: Enlisting greater cooperation from parents in order to develop desirable, effective strategies of child rearing and the promotion of an optimal balance between the needs of the victims and abilities of their parents.

Community education: Community based education should be firmly located within the mainstream primary school curriculum to ensure it reaches all children, and eventually targets the following outcomes:

A cultural and attitudinal change in the wider community, particularly among primary school teachers and parents, via media publicity, publications, workshops, seminars and conferences.

Structural improvements in the organization of support services provided by the educational system and primary care agencies.

Personal improvements in the quality of family relationships for participating parents and the victims.

Support networks for the survivor of the abuse: The abused person may fail to develop the capacity to empathize with others. This could lead to difficulties with peers, intimate relationships, and inadequate parenting skills. Hence, the common factor in abuse survival cases (when the victim has not suffered long term damage) is the availability of another, close supportive person to whom one can turn to.

Counselling: Professional counselling is required to help the survivor.

To know more about what counseling is and how counselor can be of help click here. 

Medical Support: After the incident, the survivor may need medical support. Help would be needed from psychologist(s) to help the abused to overcome traumatic experiences.

Referral Services: During rehabilitation processes, the child/person needs to get engaged constructively either in educational activities or vocational programs.

Help line: The survivor should also be given addresses and telephone numbers for professional help, if required, while making efforts to overcome the traumatic experiences.

For the helplines for sexual abuse in India click here.

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