Still Affected by Child Abuse
by Name Undisclosed
People have always said to me that 6 years later I should be getting over the fact that my uncle abused me horrifically for around 8 years. This is not the case.
I disclosed this abuse by my uncle to my family when I was ten years old because I realised the abuse was getting to a point where there were going to be harsh consequences. Harsher than being abused, I hear you thinking? Yes, harsher. Of course it was going to get worse as I aged.
After disclosure, we went down the right paths to the police and went to court. My uncle served 2 years in prison for abusing me and my cousin. He is out now and I still see him around my town centre.
There's something I disagree with on here, within the information there is a phrase: "Becomes the abuser." It is implied that all people who suffer will become the abuser. This is not at all the reality. Very few sufferers become abusers and it is nearly always men.
I suffer anxiety and depression and have self harmed for 2 years on and off. My life is turning around but I never dealt with what happened to me. I think your site is very helpful to sufferers. It helped me understand why I have anxiety and other effects.
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