30 July 2015
Sexual exploitation is a very difficult thing for anyone to deal with, let alone a child or young person. Coping with the trauma, flashbacks, guilt and long term emotional impact of the abuse can be very difficult for young people, and you’ll need a lot of help and support if you’re going to overcome the past and go on to enjoy happy and fulfilling lives.
Though sometimes it may not seem like it, it is possible to recover from child sexual exploitation. With the help of friends and family, a bit of patience and some specialist support, victims of CSE can rebuild their lives and take control of their own futures.
It’s a slow process
Getting over CSE is not easy and young people affected by sexual exploitation are not going to feel better overnight.
The majority of victims of CSE will start to feel better about themselves and more able to cope with daily life in the weeks, months and years following the abuse. However, if the young person was exploited for a long time or if the abuse was especially severe, it can take longer for them to start feeling more in control.
There will probably also be some setbacks along the way. Sometimes, even after a lot of progress has been made, victims will feel worse about themselves, more angry at the world or less able to deal with their emotions than they were to begin with, but this is all part of the heeling process.
Though overcoming CSE is never easy, having the support of organisations like the Rose Project can help those affected to feel like they’re not alone and ensure they are getting the help that they really need.
Teachers, schools, friends and parents can also provide vital support, especially if they take the time to try and understand what the young person is going through and how best they can support them.
Don’t forget, their are plenty of famous faces that have proven that it’s possible to overcome CSE and go on to live a happy and fulfilled life, just take a look at the large number of celebrities who were abused themselves as children.
From Oprah Winfrey to Samantha Morton and Terri Hatcher to Pamela Anderson, some of the most famous people in film and TV have had to deal with the trauma and emotional difficulties of CSE.
If you or any of your friends have been affected by child sexual exploitation, call the Rose Project on 0808 800 1037 and talk to one of the friendly members of our team.