Definition and Symptoms

Definition: falls under umbrella of sexual violence, including physical, mental, emotional and spiritual imbalances. Manifestations can include sexual abuse, childhood abuse and/or incest, molestation, rape, violent inappropriate and unwanted sexual verbiage, being exposed to pornography; all without consent and acts of violence and power over victim. Impacts ability to fully express creatively, feeling safe and most often produces insecurities of self.

Physical manifestations – anorexia, bulimia, self-harm, potential cancers such as breast and ovarian cancers, sexual exploitation.

Mental – can include bi-polar, schizoid personality, dissassociative personality disorder, anxiety, depression, thoughts of unworthiness, not being good enough, low self-esteem.

Emotional – mistrust, intimacy issues, fear, anger.

Spiritual – seeking purpose of life, self-love, creativity impacted.

Still under construction.

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