When sexual abuse occurs within a family, it can wreak mental, physical and emotional damage for the victim that’s complicated to heal. The stats tell us that 34% of cases of child sexual abuse occur in families. That figure is staggering, but my clinical experience over the years backs that figure up. In this episode, we’ll discuss in detail, using the painful experience of a patient years ago, what’s involved in a decision to confront or not to confront the perpetrator. What may happen if you do — or what you need to prepare yourself for. It’s a hard decision, and one that should be made carefully.

Note: If you’ve been sexually abused, this post could trigger you. Please listen with care. The Sexual Abuse Hotline is 800-656-4673 (HOPE). 

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