Speaking Out Against Your Abuser
Sexual abuse survivors endure emotional and psychological damage that is often carried into adulthood. Struggling with the aftermath of sexual abuse is not only painful, but it can have an impact on romantic relationships and relationships with loved ones as well. While some sexual abuse survivors come forward and speak out against their abusers, many do not, leaving them with heavy emotional burdens that can last a lifetime. If you or a loved one has been sexually abused, read on to learn why it’s important to speak up.
Why Survivors of Sexual Abuse Keep it a Secret
There are many reasons why a sexual abuse survivor may be reluctant to speak out against their perpetrator, but fear is the common denominator. Here are some things a sexual abuse survivor may fear:
- Fear of not being believed
- Fear of being responsible or the cause of the abuse (self-blame)
- Fear of punishment or retaliation by the perpetrator
- Fear of being shunned
Many survivors may also keep the abuse to themselves because sharing the experience is too emotionally painful, and they may want to block the abuse memories. Feelings of shame can also play a role, as well as denial.
How Sexual Abuse Survivors Can Stay Protected
If you suffered sexual abuse as a child, it’s never too late to speak up and hold your abuser accountable for his or her heinous actions. Learning your rights when it comes to sexual abuse claims is not only crucial for your protection but for the protection of others that may have also suffered abuse by the same abuser. Your speaking up can offer hope and encouragement for others to come forward and offer closure.
Sexual abuse survivors have the right to pursue a civil suit against any person who has committed sexual abuse and any supporting organizations or establishment under which the abuse happened. For example, sexual abuse survivors may be able to file a civil lawsuit against:
- Foster care institutions - Survivors who were sexually abused by foster care parents, or friends of foster care parents, etc.
- Religious institutions - Survivors who were abused by clergy members or other religious figures.
Have You Survived Child Sexual Abuse? We Can Help.
Child sexual abuse is one of the most traumatizing events anyone can experience. The emotional, physical, and psychological damage is often permanent. Survivors of child sexual abuse have many fears when it comes to calling out their perpetrator, but know that you are not alone. If you or a loved one has suffered child sexual abuse, we are here to offer you caring support and hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions.