Survivor of childhood sexual abuse struggles to obtain a life of normalcy
Dear Abby: I am a 53year-old woman who is a sexual abuse survivor. This has consumed every aspect of my life. It started when I was around 2, I believe, and was a daily occurrence until I was 14. My abuser was my paternal grandfather, now deceased.
I’ve sought counseling and therapy groups — whatever I could — over the years, to no avail. I just can’t shake it. I have dealt with flashbacks, nightmares, failed marriages, etc. I just want to be and feel normal, and I don’t know how.
Am I searching for something that does not exist? I don’t know if you can help me, but PLEASE, if you have any advice at all, I would be beyond grateful.
— Lost In The South
A good place to start finding the help you’re looking for would be the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN). You can find it online at rainn.org or by calling 800-656-4673.