What Are Indicators of Sex Abuse in Adults?

May 14, 2018
Posted on: May 14, 2018
Author: Ramey Law P.C.
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How people react to traumatic experiences can vary greatly, and there’s a lot that goes into investigating a person’s reaction to a stressful experience. Adults and children differ in their reactions to traumatic times, especially when it comes to sex abuse and assault. There is not one standard response to physical, emotional or sexual abuse, but it’s important to realize that adults will respond in more subtle and internal ways than a child would.

What Are Some Common Responses from Adult Abuse Survivors?

  • Fearful responses or reactions to reminders of the assault
  • Anxious actions/not feeling like he or she can be safe again
  • Flashbacks (sign of post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Difficulty concentrating and focusing at work or on any daily tasks
  • Guilty emotions and feeling like a victim
  • Negative self-image and self-worth
  • Depression
  • Disruptions in close relationships
  • Angry reactions

Adults might respond in a more psychological and internal way in response to a traumatic event, so if you have someone in your life who is exhibiting these symptoms, it’s crucial that you sit down with them and discuss how they are feeling. Some adults will respond immediately and harshly, while others will have delayed reactions, sometimes months or even years later.

Our abuse attorneys at Ramey Law P.C have experience in assisting both children and adults in abuse cases, and we will fight for you as our client with passion and perseverance. Contact our firm today to discuss your case.