SIBLINGS

Sibling abuse is suggested to be one of the most under-reported forms of child sexual abuse. Although there is limited data on the prevalence of it, the most common form of reported sibling sexual abuse involves an older brother victimizing a younger sister. Understanding sexuality and experiencing puberty can be very confusing for children, and […]

ABUSE WITHIN THE FAMILY UNIT – INCEST

Incest is allowed to thrive when people lack the fortitude to accept that it exists. The attitude that it happens in “other” families but couldn’t happen in our own, puts children at risk. It could involve grooming or not, because most often the sense of trust, affection, and love have already been established between the […]

SURVIVORS OF INCEST ANONYMOUS

An Introduction to Survivors of Incest Anonymous (SIA) We welcome you to Survivors of Incest Anonymous and hope you will find here the hope, camaraderie, and recovery that we have been privileged to experience. We are a spiritual, self-help group of women and men, 18 years or older, who are guided by a set of […]

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF SOMEONE I KNOW IS A VICTIM OF INCEST?

Listen. One of the most important things that you can do for a victim is to listen to their story and believe them! Help keep the victim safe. This may mean different things depending on who you are and what your relationship is to the victim. There may be legal considerations. Depending on where you […]

CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE SURVIVOR’S SELF ASSESSMENT

Whether you’re just beginning your healing journey or you’ve been working on it for a while, this self assessment tool naturally helps you create a plan for your healing process. Initially when you take the assessment, it will help you to acknowledge the many ways your experience of childhood sexual abuse has impacted your life. […]

BEST PRACTICES FOR SURVIVORS

There is no shortage of people who personally understand the impact of child sexual abuse. However, our community and individual silence serves to isolate us and may keep us from acknowledging the real impact, and from gaining the strength, resources and support we need to heal. But together we have a chance to experience freedom […]

FLASHBACKS: WHAT ARE THEY?

Flashbacks are memories of past traumas. They may take the form of pictures, sounds, smells, body sensations, feelings, or the lack of them (numbness). Many times there is no actual visual or auditory memory. One may have the sense of panic, being trapped, feeling powerless with no memory stimulating it. These experiences can also happen […]

SELF-CARE FOR SURVIVORS

Good self-care is a challenge for many people and it can be especially challenging for survivors of rape, sexual assault, incest and sexual abuse. It can also be an important part of the healing process. Physical self-care is an area that people often overlook: Food Food is a type of self-care that people often overlook. […]

SUICIDE: IF YOU ARE HAVING SUICIDAL THOUGHTS

If you are currently thinking about suicide, please reach out for help! Talk to someone you trust. – Do you have a friend or relative that you can talk to? Do you have a counselor or therapist that you can call? Is there someone else in your life that you can talk to (a religious leader, coach or […]