Childhood Sexual Abuse: Controlling the Flashbacks
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento sexual abuse lawyer. My firm remains committed to helping children who have been sexually abused obtain justice — while they seek to recover their self-respect and sense of dignity. No child should have to bear the burden of being sexually abused by an adult who threatens violence or revenge if the rapes are reported. Children have the right to hold the sexual predator who molested or raped them responsible for the abuse – so they can be fully compensated for all their suffering.
Bravely pursing a lawsuit against an abuser can be an empowering step toward viewing yourself as a survivor and not a victim. However, as you struggle to heal, you may have to battle “flashbacks” — physical and emotional responses to new stressful events that can make you feel like you’re being abused all over again. When experiencing a flashback, you may perspire heavily and start taking in shallow breaths that can increase your sense of panic. During such moments, always try to begin breathing deeply so you can slowly calm yourself down.