Children have resilience unlike any other group of people. They have the ability to heal quicker than someone does that has a better understanding of what it is to heal. Yet, when a child is sexual abused, something happens to that resilience. It isn’t as easy to pull through. That healing doesn’t come as easy and the damage that is caused by sexual abuse to a child is long-term. Effects of childhood sexual abuse are extensive. This extensive damage can lead to a number of different outlets. These outlets tend to be destructive.
Some researchers suggest that a history of CSA is associated with a host of interpersonal and psychological difficulties, such as depression, suicidal ideation, low self-esteem, and sexual promiscuity. Others argue that the traumatic impact of CSA has been overstated. (Zafar S., 2013). There is no way to overstate childhood sexual abuse. Many do not heal without years of therapy from a traumatic experience.
According to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System, an estimated 777,200 children were determined to be victims of abuse or neglect by a protective service agency in the United States in 2008, and 9.1% of these children were determined to have been sexually abused (Draucker, 2011). Childhood sexual abuse (CSA) is a prevalent problem in the United States that is associated with many long term psychological, behavioral, social and physical effects on men and women (Draucker, 2011). These effects can make a person’s life a living hell. They turn someone into a person that they may not have been if the tragic event didn’t happen to them.
Gender also plays a larger part in the effects of childhood sexual abuse. Boys are a bit more resilient to sexual abuse then girl. Yet, this stems from boys having a different frame of mind then girls. Boys are taught to be tough and not deal with the pain, making one think that boys would be more likely to depend on alcohol rather than girls. Furthermore, gender differences were reported showing a stronger association between CSA and adolescent substance use in females than in males. Using a nationally representative sample of adolescents (N= 5513) in grades 7–12, found that exposure to CSA was associated with a 1.8-fold increase in the relative risks for boys (95% CI: 1.3–2.6) and a 2.2 increase in the relative risks for girls (95% CI: 1.3–3.7) of heavy episodic drinking...