Symptoms of Sexual Abuse in Adolescents

By Matt Bulkley | Blog Education Series

STAR Guides Wilderness - Symptoms of Sexual Abuse in Adolescents

Sexual abuse often leaves hidden scars on the victims; these can be carried well into adulthood and become the cause of a myriad of social and psychological disorders. The best practices would be for the victims to get help at an early stage of life, but that can be difficult as children are either too afraid or ashamed to speak against the abuse.

If the help is not provided at that stage, then it should be provided when the children reach adolescence. In the teenage years, they exhibit some symptoms of the abuse that they have suffered. When you observe the following symptoms in your children, you should contact the representatives of STAR Guides Wilderness – trauma recovery and sex addiction center in Utah – their unique therapy program can be extremely beneficial for victims of sexual abuse.

Nightmares/Flashbacks

The worst thing about teenagers is that they would seldom admit that they are having a hard time with something. So, you have to pay close attention to look for symptoms like flashbacks or nightmares. They may fall silent in the middle of a conversation if something reminds them of the abuse they have suffered. Some may have trouble sleeping because of the nightmares they have been having.

Emotional Numbness

The trauma that they have suffered can cause them to put up walls and always keep their guard up. This can make them emotionally numb and they often seek out extreme acts or try to hurt themselves to feel some kind of emotion.

Avoiding Reminders

Sex abuse victims will try their best to avoid situations and places that remind them of their trauma. If the abuse occurred in their bedroom they will refuse to go in that room or if a person was responsible they will avoid him/her at all costs.

Drug Abuse

Emotional and psychological problems can lead victims of sexual abuse towards narcotics and other substances to cope with their issues; causing physical damage to their bodies in the process.

Suicidal Tendencies

Because of stress, PTSD and a combination of other reasons, adolescents with a history of suffering abuse can think about harming themselves and taking their own lives.

Lack of Boundaries

Abuse victims lack the social boundaries because their boundaries have been violated as children. They can get into trouble with the law or harm someone because of the lack of boundaries.

If you think that your child is exhibiting some of these symptoms, then you should try to approach the subject. After discussing the topic, you can help provide the right kind of help to the child and STAR Guides Wilderness – trauma and sex addiction therapy center in Utah – can offer exactly that.

Company Introduction

STAR Guides is a first of its kind addiction therapy center. It offers uniquely designed wilderness therapy for adolescents struggling with sexual behavior issues. STAR Guides provides navigation for the whole family of people faced with the challenge of disruptive sexual behaviors. Sexual compulsivity, pornography, cyber-sex addiction and sexual offences are some of the issues that are treated in this program.

For more information, please visit https://starguideswilderness.com/

About the Author

Matt is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working in the field of youth treatment and psychotherapy since 1995. He did his undergraduate work at BYU and earned his M.S.W. at the University of Utah. He has worked in a variety of treatment setting in his career ranging from wilderness therapy and residential treatment to outpatient treatment and state government.

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