The Risk of Suicide for Sexual Abuse Survivors

It feels like every day in the news there is a story about suicide. Whether it is a famous person, a high school student, or a baby boomer, their loss is felt. According to the CDC, since 1999 the suicide rate in the United States has risen by more than 30 percent in half of […]

The Challenge of Disclosing Your Abuse

Imagine that you’re wearing an invisible backpack filled with heavy rocks. No matter what activity you’re doing—whether you’re shopping at the grocery store, picking up your child from school, or going out on a romantic date—you’re wearing that invisible backpack. It’s always on your mind, and it’s always sapping your energy. Often people around you […]

5 Truths about Sexual Abuse and Disabilities You need to Know

As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, you can feel like you aren’t always noticed or seen. As a survivor with disabilities, you may feel absolutely invisible. Here at The Younique Foundation, WE SEE YOU. Too often survivors with disabilities are overlooked and under-represented. Below are 5 truths you should know, whether you are a […]

Emotional Pain: From the Prisoner to the Powerful

Susan is a three-year-old who feels no pain. Stubbed toes bring no tears, and hot stoves bring no fear. Because of a condition called congenital insensitivity to pain,[1] Susan is completely incapable of feeling any physical pain and seems almost unstoppable. Except, Susan is not likely to live to see her 5th birthday. Because she […]

The Surprising Truth About Happiness

“When I stop getting triggered by memories of my abuse, I’ll be happy.” “When I can stop thinking about the past, I’ll be happy.” “If I can just hang on until next year, I’ll be happy.” Have you ever had thoughts like these? Sexual abuse survivors sometimes focus on the past and the future at […]

The Benefits of Befriending a Survivor

You may feel lonely. That’s common. Not just as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, but as a human being. You may feel as though no one understands, that no one knows what you’re experiencing. And maybe you’re right, but maybe not. Perhaps you need to find a friend who is also a survivor. Not […]

How to Know if You Have Healthy Sexual Self-Esteem

You’ve heard of self-esteem before, of course, but have you heard of sexual self-esteem? It’s an aspect of your self-esteem that’s important to consider, especially as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. First, a definition. The Harvey Institute[1] defines sexual self-esteem as positive regard for and confidence in the capacity to experience one’s sexuality in […]