How do you tell someone?
Talking to someone after having suffered a s3xual 4buse experience is often a difficult step for the victim. This can be clearly seen in figures from different agencies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that 85% of people who experience child s3xual 4buse either never disclose it or do so much later.
In most cases, this fear of speaking out, of breaking the silence and denouncing the perpetrator, arises for reasons such as threats from the 4buser to the victim, the feeling of guilt that the 4bused person usually develops, and even the fear of what the other people around them will say or think.
If you have been a victim of s3xual 4buse, first of all, you should know that you are not alone and that you are not to blame for anything. Also, it is important that you understand that silence is never a solution and talking about it with someone is the first step towards healing those emotional wounds that may arise after the 4buse.
As an example of this, we invite you to read this testimony, in which you can learn about the importance of talking about what happens when you suffer a case of s3xual 4buse.
Why is it important to talk about it with someone?
S3xual 4buse is a crime that can have many consequences on the mental health of the victim, and can even lead to the development of negative feelings about oneself, such as a lack of courage to do the things you love, a lack of self-esteem, etc.
In this article, we will discuss the consequences of s3xual 4buse, which can be accentuated when you do not talk about what happened with someone.
Breaking the silence and talking about this type of experience, in addition to saving you from suffering deeper emotional damage, also prevents others from continuing to suffer this type of 4buse. Remember that, when silence is kept, the only person who benefits is the perpetrator, who is even strengthened to continue practicing the 4buse.
Talking to someone is the most important step in dealing with s3xual 4buse. Reporting weakens the perpetrator and allows more and more people to know about such cases, which allows further progress to be made in the fight against s3xual 4buse.
Who to talk to when you are s3xually 4bused?
If you have been a victim of s3xual 4buse, it can often be difficult to know where to turn to talk about what happened and to find the support you need after suffering from this type of 4buse. Ideally, you should have a circle of support that you can turn to, so that you can report any situation that makes you feel uncomfortable or in danger.
Here are some of the options you can turn to:
- People you trust.
- Someone in your family.
In addition, you should also keep in mind that there are several places where you can turn to, and where you can receive emotional support from professionals in cases of s3xual 4buse. Some of them are the following:
- Childhelp: 800-422-4453
- Darkness to light: 866-367-5444
- RAINN: 800-656-4673
- Safe Helpline for s3xual Assault: 877-995-5247
- Crisis Support Services of Nevada: 800-330-0226
- Cross Roads: 336-228-0360
Remember that your safety is always the most important thing. As a victim of s3xual 4buse, silence is not an option you should choose. At Yo Digo No Más, we also offer you a safe space where you can talk and begin the process that will help you heal emotionally after this type of experience.
Tell us your story. Your courage can be an example for thousands of people who have suffered 4buse and have not been able to talk about their experience. Together, we can stop the silent pandemic of s3xual 4buse.