Surviving Childhood Sexual Abuse
Childhood experiences greatly influence our adult relationships, choices and habits. Some experiences children face, though, are far more detrimental than others. Childhood sexual abuse (CSA) is an atrocity that causes a great deal of pain and suffering for adult survivors, and researchers have continued to study the long-term effects of CSA on adults.
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