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Impact of Abuse The impact of sexual abuse reaches all levels of a childs emotions These emotions and the effects are listed below Confusion This is usually the initial reaction of the child They will usually question What is going on and Is this right or wrong For a young child these types of questions can be an emense burden on their physcological development Once the abuse begins the victim experience a tremnedous conflict with their emotions They feel pleasant due to the attention they are recieving from the parent as well as the sensual pleasure On the other hand they experience pain guilt and anger for what is being done The question Is this right or wrong posses the greatest conflict within the childs mind The abuse feels so wrong yet the abuser insits it is okay taking advantage of the childs mistrust and naivety Below are the thoughts of an abused victim as she thinks back to her abuse and questions her father It is an example of this mistrust as well as the confusion which goes through a childs mind Since I was a little ten-year-old child I had to deceive and hide from the world and my mother that my father took a sexual interest in me Remember how you taught me that art of deceit First you put me in a situation that had to be kept a secret then you pledged me to secrecyAs a ten-year-old child what was I supposed to do You are an intelligent man you figure out the options available to a ten-year-old in that position Rush 1980 Guilt The abused will feel tremendous guilt for a numerous reasons They feel they did nothing
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