We know, of course, that the child’s shame is undeserved; that children are incapable of informed consent, and the adult in a molestation situation is always the responsible party. This is not what the child knows. It is certainly not how he or she feels.
Thus, the many scars of sexual abuse. These can range from anxiety and depression to addiction and sexual promiscuity. Symptoms become as much a cause of shame as the underlying events which gave rise to them.
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