Sexual abuse is an abuse of power. It involves sexual activity forced on a child by either an adult or an older, more powerful child. Most often the victims are powerless to stop the abuse and they do not understand what is happening, they may suffer deep emotional damage even if there’s no physical damage. Sexual abuse is very damaging to a child because almost always the abuser makes the child keep it a secret. The secret then becomes the source of shame to the victim, undermining the child’s sense of self-worth.
Counseling can help the victim understand the complex emotions experienced while the sexual abuse was happening and after it ended. Also it can assist the victim in understanding why the abuse happened and understand that the victim is not to blame for it. Ultimately freeing the victim from the effects of the past so that he or se can enjoy a happier life in the future.