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Overcoming the Trauma of Sexual Abuse

March 3, 2021

Sexual abuse, and the trauma it can cause, may leave a person feeling out of control, angry, frustrated, depressed, or anxious about the future. The psychological impact of abuse can linger for months and even years, preventing them from recovering and achieving success in their life. Unfortunately, sexual abuse is alarmingly common; more than 200,000 cases are reported each year in the United States. However, the majority of incidents go unreported, often out of fear, shame or guilt.

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Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) 101 – A Guide

July 20, 2020

Acute stress disorder (ASD), also called acute stress reaction or shock, is a condition that affects how a person thinks, feels, and responds to traumatic stressors. It arises in response to the experience or witnessing of a painful, terrifying, or emotionally stressful event which could involve the threat of death, actual death, injury or violence. It is estimated that up to 20% of people exposed to traumatic events can develop ASD and up to half of those can develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) later.

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How are Sexual Abuse, PTSD and Addiction Related?

October 22, 2015

Around 18 percent of all women in the United States have been sexually assaulted in their lifetime, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, which also points out that 81 percent of rape victims report significant short-term and long-term impacts after an assault. According to the National Institute of Health, between 55 and 99 percent of all women who seek treatment for substance abuse or addiction have been sexually abused, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that women who experienced any type of sexual abuse as a child are around three times more likely than unabused women to…

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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 1, 2012

Domestic Violence Awareness month is celebrated every October.  Each year since 1981, the national campaign to increase awareness and decrease domestic violence has grown in proportion.  This year activities and events will be held around the country. Intimate partner violence and domestic violence are sometimes called the silent epidemic.  Many instances and cases of domestic violence go unreported, even in hospitals and medical settings.  While increased education and awareness among medical professionals have helped many victims seek help, there are still many more who do not have the strength to speak out. The Center for Disease Control and the National…

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The Prevalence of Sexual Abuse

April 9, 2012

Sexual abuse is defined by the American Psychological Association as unwanted sexual activity, with perpetrators using force, making threats or taking advantage of victims not able to give consent. The month of April, 2012 has been designated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, so we here at Destination Hope: The Women’s Program felt this was a perfect time to bring this issue out of the dark and into the forefront of relevant conversation where it belongs. Sexual abuse is far more prevalent than many in our society realize, and unfortunately that’s in large part thanks to the social stigma that often…

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