What are the Possible Consequences of Child Sexual Abuse for the Child Victim?
As reported by www.darkness2light.org
Behavior and Mental Health Risks
Children who are sexually abused are significantly more likely to develop posttraumatic stress and other anxiety problems, experience dysfunction and distress in their development, have behavioral problems, and engage in higher levels of risk behavior.
Children who are sexually abused often have academic difficulties, high absentee rates, and drop out of school.
Substance Abuse, Delinquency, and Crime
Children who are sexually abused engage earlier in drug abuse and are 2 to 3 times more likely to have an alcohol use/dependence problem than non-victims.
Children who are sexually abused were twice as likely to run away from home. They have a 3 to 5-fold risk of delinquency.
Girls who are sexually abused are twice as likely as their non-abused peers to become teen mothers.
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