Healing from Sexual Abuse

In the past few days, news has broken about the many boy scouts that were sexually abused. Last year, we learned of the sexual abuse that occurred at the hands of a doctor for the American women’s gymnastic team. Let’s not forget about the Bill Cosby story or the countless of others that have emerged just in the recent few years. A report by ABC news in April 2018 quoted these statistics given by National Sexual Violence Resource Center: One in three women will experience some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime; One in six men will experience some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime; 63 percent of sexual assaults are not reported to police; More than 90 percent of sexual assault victims on college campuses do not report the assault. See the full article here:
https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/News/april-marks-sexual-assault-awareness-month-statistics-staggering/story?id=54112555

These statistics are horrendous and the life long impact of abuse can be devastating. Abuse affects mind, body, and spirit. One of the saddest aspects of abuse is that the victims often feel some level of blame, embarrassment and shame. As a result, most hold on to this horrible secret for years, allowing the negative energy to permeate. No wonder there is such a high correlation to eating disorders, addictions, other forms of self-harm, and, of course, relationship problems. On the flip side, one does not have to live with the effects of abuse. Healing and feeling “whole” is absolutely possible, but one must be willing to take the chance to open up to someone who can help. Energy healing does work. Psychotherapy does work.

Energetically, the affects of abuse are stored in the body, mostly in the 1 st (root) and 2nd (Sacral) chakras, but often in the 4th (heart) and 5th (throat) chakras as well. If anyone is familiar with yoga and emotions erupting from the practice of yoga, this is due to the energy healing that comes from the asanas or poses that open up the blocked energy, one of the benefits of yoga. This is but one form of energy healing.

Working with an energy healer who can target the specific areas of energetic blockages will provide faster release. In addition to energy healing, working with a qualified therapist/coach creates a supportive environment for someone to talk and share their experience and process whatever feelings arise. This must be handled very delicately. Healing has been completed when the client can recall what happened and the emotions that he or she experienced, but does not feel them presently. What is also very significant in returning to “wholeness” is when the client is able to find some kind of positive purpose to pursue having had the unfortunate experience of being abused. This last piece – finding meaning for your life which has been shaped by your life experiences – is a cornerstone of both psychology and spirituality. This is THE ultimate source of feeling contentment and peacefulness in ones’ life.

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