Watching TV, you get the impression that the 2 biggest scenarios that create dysfunctional adults in our country are sexual abuse and parental divorce. These 2 items seem to affect a large portion of the population. I believe 1 in 3 women is the statistic for sexual abuse, and about 50% of marriges end in divorce.
Thankfully, I have not personally endured either affliction, however I am interested in the effects. Inappropriate sexual contact seems to effectively disconnect a person from their body. As one former child prostitute in Atlanta said, it takes away your feeling of ownership of your body. This seems to be very difficult for most women to reclaim once taken, not to mention the trust/justice issues as many times it happens at the hands of a family member.
I suppose parental separation stirs up all sorts of insecurities, from personal safety & security issues to trust/justice issues–feeling that others can and will withdraw love & acceptance from you.
I’m not sure where I’m going with this post, but I feel that these are 2 important areas for us to improve in as a society, in terms of both healing and prevention.