Abuse Survivors Blog

Psychiatric harm in child abuse cases

Written by Toslima Islam on 27 Apr 2018

The most common and significant effect of childhood sexual abuse is psychological rather than physical harm.

When a child suffers sexual abuse and has not been able to disclose it for various reasons they can go into adulthood with mental health difficulties, simply because it has not been possible for them to process the traumatic events that have happened to them.

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Compassion Fatigue and Professional Resilience

Written by Jacqui Morton on 29 Nov 2017

Compassion Fatigue (also known as Secondary Traumatic Stress/Compassion Stress) can be described as “the natural behaviours and emotions that arise from knowing about a traumatizing event experienced by a significant other – the stress resulting from helping or wanting to help a traumatized or suffering person” [Figley et al 1995].  

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