For many adult survivors, childhood sexual abuse can have lasting influence on thinking, feeling, behavior, and relationships. MOCSA provides a safe place for adult survivors who experienced sexual abuse as children to develop knowledge and skills for healing and change. If you experienced sexual abuse as a child, here are some helpful tips to dealing with your emotions.
Tips on how to participate in your own healing
Remember, you have already been through the worst of times — the actual experience. As you begin to allow yourself to rethink about what happened to you and let go of feeling like “damaged goods,” you will move closer to leading your own best life.
- Make it a priority to take care of you
- Take time out to do things that you enjoy
- Learn a new hobby
- Spend time with friends
- Find a support group
- Get outside
- Plant a garden
Talk to someone and tell your story
- Look for a therapist that has experience working with survivors of sexual abuse/violence. Sometimes the story of sexual abuse can feel overwhelming to both you and others. Call MOCSA for an appointment or for a referral.
- It’s OK, and in fact important, to move slowly. Remember, you have been living with this difficult story for years, there are no quick fixes! Pace yourself and share with someone who will encourage and support you.
- Ask your therapist to provide you with assignments to work on between sessions.
A bi-state 24-hour crisis line is answered by MOCSA staff and trained volunteers. The crisis line provides emotional support, crisis intervention, information and referrals, and problem solving to victims of sexual violence, as well as their significant others. The line is open to anyone who has questions or issues related to sexual violence.
24-hr Crisis Line in Kansas: (913) 642-0233
24-hr Crisis Line in Missouri: (816) 531-0233
Relay Services: 7 - 1 - 1
Interpreters will be provided for any language, spoken or signed. For more information or to make an appointment please call (816) 931-4527.