Being abused as a child is a difficult experience. Though you’ve already become and adult and years have already past, in most cases there are still some effects to the victim psychologically.
There are many experiences that can make up childhood abuse. Adults who have lived through experiences of abuse are often referred to as adult survivors of childhood abuse. Because of secrecy and shame that commonly surround such abuse, statistics are difficult to obtain. However, what we are certain of is that such abuse occurs in all races, religions, and economic classes.
Childhood abuse can be classified as physical abuse, emotional abuse, or sexual abuse. Every child abuse consists of different experiences. Each also involves a violation of the child’s trust in an adult or authority figure—for instance, a parent, babysitter, sibling, older friend, coach, teacher, or clergy member.
Withdrawal, denial, acting out, seeking for approval, turning off their feelings, and self blame are the common ways children who are exposed to abuse learn in order to protect themselves. Using these coping mechanisms during childhood has long-term consequences, which can include lack of trust, a fear of change and resultant difficulty in adjusting. This may also result them to difficulty in knowing or showing one’s own feelings. In worse cases, some victims experience being easily stressed and acting on that by abusing substances, food, and one’s own body, and feelings of low self-esteem and self-worth.
If someone wants to survive childhood abuse, it means that he or she should get some help with its after-effects. Few people can recover without help, but getting help is essential. Most of them will need help from family and friends who will encourage them and free from blame, learn to feel safe, create a positive perception and forgiveness.
For more on how to survive childhood abuse, read this article: https://www.watoday.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/dear-childhood-abuse-survivors-it-is-not-your-fault-i-should-know-20181025-p50bwa.html