Child Sexual Abuse and Unresolved Trauma: A Case Study

  • Rabeea Irfan University of Management & Technology, Lahore, Pakistan
Keywords: Child Abuse, Pedophilia, Restructuring of Early Memories, Sexual Abuse, Trauma, Unresolved Issues


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Child sexual abuse is one of the most traumatic incidents that can alter the course of life of an individual. This article highlights the case of a 52-year-old man who was having difficulties in managing his anger, with complaints of anger management issues and dealing with repetitive and intrusive thoughts. A thorough investigation revealed that the client had been a victim of sexual abuse for years during his childhood, and all the symptoms stemmed from unresolved conflicts of the past trauma. A comprehensive management plan including behavioral, emotional and cognitive strategies was devised. Pre and post -management assessments indicated a marked improvement in the client's symptoms. This case focuses on the role of parents and society in providing an empathizing network to the victims, and a need to educate the children about sexual education and rights.


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