We keep in mind that the victim is 100% accurate in this assertion.
But we go beyond and ponder the question, What is the true significance of being violated?
As a consequence of trauma, victims become hypersensitized to sexual signals from the opposite sex.
They may perceive more evidence of sexual interest than non-traumatized women, as they scan the environment with high levels of hypervigilant anxiety.
Recently, one of the authors saw a training card at a national trauma/substance abuse conference that read: There is no part of life that does not contain spirit; therefore, spirit is not a part.
Saying that ones spirit is a part is like believing that some of the ocean is not wet. What is transgressed in CSA and SA is not solely the victims body and mind, which are experienced as narcissistic wounds, but rather the spirit that holds the fabric of the self together, When sexual abuse or assault victims explain why their responses are so persistently distressing and disruptive to most spheres of their daily lives, they typically respond by saying, I was violated!
They are on edge as they anticipate and evade further assault, take flight away from relationships and from life itself, and into the arms of isolation and stasis which strip them of vitality and of a future of possibilities and personal growth.
These victims can benefit from the intervention of well-trained trauma therapists.
These trauma effects pervasively influences the way victims (a) process feelings, (b) think about their distress, (c) find a personally purposive theory of healing, (d) shape the quality of communicative interpersonal transactions, and the way they (e) experience personal identity.
This article sets out to highlight the impact, and increase recognition, deepen understanding of sexual trauma, and provide a guide for helping victims.
Generally, scientists found that there is a 25% estimate of CSA for girls and 10% for boys.