When I heard from victims and survivors of child sexual abuse in the Isle of Man that there was no counselling immediately available after being contacted by police in historic abuse cases, I was shocked.
When victims are reminded of their childhood abuse, this can cause an eruption of feelings from the victims past about their abuse that had previously been locked away. This often cannot be mentally put back into the same place.
The post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can show itself by difficulty sleeping, intense distress, intrusive thoughts and images, nightmares and physical sensations such as nausea, sweating, pain and trembling.
People can start to have problems inside their family, lose their job, go into debt, self harm and thoughts of suicide or worse.
It is simply not acceptable for the Police to approach victims / survivors wanting help with “historical” child sexual abuse without professional child sexual…
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