When we talk about sexual abuse recovery, the survivor is the most important person to think about. The survivor must come to terms with the past and be at peace in the present. Ultimately, no one can heal for the survivor. But when we think about sexual abuse like this, we risk assuming it only impacts survivors. We might think that we don’t play a role in abuse recovery or in stopping abuse from happening.
The reality is that sexual abuse impacts all of us, and we can all do things not only to help survivors heal but to shape the way that society thinks about this issue. Here are three things anyone can do:
No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.Charles Dickens
Survivors need to feel support, and they feel support through more than just having people listen to them. They need to feel like people care about sexual abuse. We all have the power to shape attitudes about abuse if we’ll add our voices to the conversation.
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