We have lots of information and insights to help you sort things out, especially Online Readings, which has a comprehensive approach. Before you start reading though, some words of caution…
- Pace yourself. Don’t try to learn too much all at once. You could end up getting overwhelmed, freaked out, and feeling (more) hopeless about things getting better for you.
- Keep in mind that many of the negative effects of unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood are more extreme versions of problems that everyone struggles with in their lives and relationships. Basically, it’s all very human stuff, and more a matter of degree and emphasis.
- Many of the same problems can be caused by physical and/or emotional cruelty or abuse, as well as emotional or physical neglect in childhood. So it’s probably not all about the sexual experiences.
- No matter what you’ve been through, there is always much more to who you are than painful or harmful experiences in your past. There is a danger of getting too attached to an identity like “abuse victim” or “abuse survivor.” Understanding the effects such experiences have had on you, even when they are great, is not the same as believing that those experiences define who you are or who you can become.
- Learning from a website like this can help you heal, as can therapy and many other activities and relationships. But if improving your current life and creating a better future take a back seat to exploring the past (or “digging up memories”), healing will be slowed down, and may even be prevented.