The effects of child sexual abuse in Florida

On Behalf of | Oct 3, 2022 | Other Sexual Abuse

It’s hard to imagine that something as heinous as sexual abuse could happen to a young, innocent child in Florida, but, unfortunately, it does. In fact, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 13 boys and 1 in 4 girls is subjected to some form of sexual abuse before they reach the age of 18. The victims often suffer from a wide range of psychological, health and socioeconomic problems that can affect them for the rest of their lives.

The psychological consequences of child sexual abuse

Depression and anxiety are the most common psychological effects of child sexual abuse. Victims may also suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders and substance abuse issues. Many also struggle with trust issues, self-esteem problems and intimacy difficulties. The long-term impact of child sexual abuse can be devastating and may even lead to suicide.

The physical consequences of child sexual abuse

Victims of child sexual abuse often suffer from a host of physical health problems as well, such as sexually transmitted diseases, gastrointestinal disorders and gynecological issues. They are also at an increased risk for developing chronic pain syndromes and sleep disorders.

The socioeconomic consequences of child sexual abuse

Victims of child sexual abuse may struggle to finish school, find stable employment and maintain healthy relationships. They often turn to prostitution or criminal activity to support themselves. As a result, they are more likely to end up in jail or prison.

Where child sexual abuse commonly occurs

Child sexual abuse often occurs in the home, at the hands of a family member or someone the child knows. Daycare, preschool and childcare sexual abuse is also alarmingly common. When parents leave their kids in the care of someone else, they expect their children to be safe. Sadly, this is not always the case.

If you suspect that a child is being abused, it’s important to report it immediately. The sooner the abuse is stopped, the better the chance the child has of recovering and leading a happy, productive life.