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The impact of abuse reaches all levels of a childs emotions The two most common emotions are confusion and guilt Confusion is usually the initial reaction of the child They will usually wonder what is going on or if this is right or wrong For a young child these types of questions can be a huge 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 to them The questionif this is right or wrong is the greatest conflict within the childs mind The abuse feels so wrong yet the abuser insits its 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 Dolan 58 Guilt is also a huge emotional trip for the child The abused will feel tremendous guilt for a numerous reasons they feel they did nothing to stop the abuse therefore they are responsible and it should continue they felt uncomfortable but the abuse was sometimes pleasureable or they somehow deserved andor caused the abuse A
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