What's A Secondary Survivor?
This support group was formed by secondary survivors. This is the clinical name given to those of us who are loved ones of the sexual abuse victim. We are husbands, wives, girlfriends, boyfriends, or parents of a child whom was sexually abused. Sexual abuse affects both the victim and their loved ones. Each will have their own feelings to learn to cope with and learn how to heal. So, this support group is for you, the secondary victim.
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Anger can turn to rage, guilt can overwhelm you at times. Sometimes it can be years after the abuse when this guilt can overcome you. Sadness, confusion, powerlessness and fear can control how healthy you are. Depression and PTSD’s can also set in.
Learning to recognize when any of these feelings rise up will be most beneficial. You deserve to be supported through the healing process as well. The whole goal of the After the Storm Sexual Abuse Support Group is to help you cope with you, so one can be more available to your loved one, the victim. The victim will have much of the same and more feelings to deal with.
You may want to, if you have not already, search out a good therapist, someone who knows how to counsel the survivor. Ask them many questions including if they are an expert on sexual abuse. Building a good relationship with a qualified therapist, joining a support group, and looking for readings on the web that may put your mind at ease are all tools one can use to heal.