Sexual Violence - The Long Term Effects

Oscar Crawford Media By Oscar Crawford Media, 9th Jun 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Sexual Violence leaves in its wake self - destructive effects that can linger and haunt victims for a lifetime. Unless therapeutic intervention is initiated and engaged victim may continuously relive events,

Sexual Violence - The Long Term Effects

Sexual Violence does not destroy the physical body of victims but leaves behind devastated self – esteem, guilt and shame, arrested development, and post - traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Sexual violence devastates self - esteem leaving victims feeling their sacred personal worth gone. Victims feel guilt and shame afraid others will blame them for what has happened. Emotional development can stop from the moment sexual violence occurred. Stressful triggers can prompt victims to experience the fear of traumatic events repeatedly for years. Without clinical and spiritual intervention, victims can live out the trauma of their experience for a lifetime.

Self – Esteem is a reflection of admiration, appreciation, regard and respect for self. The better one manages for self – esteem, the better one perceives or feels good about him or her.

Immediately following experiences of sexual violence, victims perceive their souls taken leaving them feeling hollow and empty. Sacred personal worth feels stolen. Victims feel they will never recover. Healing feels impossible.

Guilt and shame follow acts of sexual violence. Guilt feels responsible. Shame believes guilt. Painful thoughts haunt. Questions haunt. Why did they hurt me? Why did it happen to me? What did I do to cause it? Victims can feel responsible for what happened and blame themselves. This results in victim tendency to withdraw from primary relationships into self – imposed prisons identifying with and becoming consumed with their pain in dark depression.

Arrested Development is an abnormal state in which development has stopped prematurely. It is a medical term indicating the physical or emotional maturing process stopped.

A teenage girl raped at age 13 experiences arrested development from her traumatic experience. Normal development wrongfully and harmfully ended. Without significant therapeutic intervention, she may languish at the maturity level of a 13-year-old girl into early mid – life or later.

Tamasin Wedgewood reports this conclusion in her work, “What Does Developmental Arrest Mean?” She concludes, “Developmental arrest means that some aspect of normal growth and development has halted. Such an arrest can affect any aspect of development--physical, intellectual or emotional.” Physical and emotional trauma can cause arrested development.”

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a clinical term for a group of symptoms experienced by people who have undergone trauma. PTSD usually occurs within three months of a traumatic experience, but in some instances can present years after the fact.

Triggers, in the social and emotional environments of victims prompt reliving traumatic experiences. Others may have repressed the experiences successfully for years to have them return to flood their emotions with painful memory incapacitating them.

Without significant and immediate therapeutic intervention, the effects of sexual trauma can have a lingering influence on the physical lives and emotions of victims. There is no one size fits all providing promises of healing or getting over the experience. Getting help, helps.

Seeking help intentionally will facilitate the process of personal recovery. Recovery is not an achievement of status. Recovery is the quest to become one’s best most authentic self fully alive to pursue self – interests without hindrance.


Arrested Development, Child Abuse, Child Molestation, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Ptsd, Ptsd Triggers, Rape, Rape Victim, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Assault, Sexual Trauma, Sexual Violence

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author avatar Retired
9th Jun 2013 (#)

Powerful. This is information that needs to be shared.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
9th Jun 2013 (#)

Sexual Violence is psychological in nature with two sides of a coin wherein one could really enjoy it with repetition using BDSM as a game or regress into a shell wherein they never ever come out out again.
It takes a lot of love and cajoling help people in this scenario and at times they only respond to the ONE who would understand and help them overcome that impediment.
The fact remains it is a scar for life and they may not necessarily show the true dangers of that violence as they are extremely good at hiding it. I know this from personal experience and which is why I said it is psychological in nature wherein it is a very long drawn process that can last a life time.
In my case my Intimacy levels are 0% On tests conducted by medical experts although I am normal and above average on every other aspect of life. My answer to them, I just don't find the need to that is it.

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author avatar Oscar Crawford Media
11th Jun 2013 (#)

Lady Aiyana, I affirm the long term residual effects affect women in extremely different ways. I admire your self awareness. My wife and I have helped many women over the years. I am pleased if we talk further off this grid. I am at

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author avatar Reni Sentana-Ries
10th Jun 2013 (#)

I am missing an expression of outrage at the offender, Sir. Your article describes in a clinical fashion how rape affects the female viction, devoid of all emotion of how society should deal properly with the male who brings the devastation onto the female.

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author avatar Oscar Crawford Media
11th Jun 2013 (#)

Reni Sentana-Ries One might consider you are having impact in the area you think I do not invest in sufficiently outraged. I hope that is true and you are. Using judgment as easily as you, I suspect you do not. I work where I am effective and have been more than 25 years..

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