What is Sexual Abuse?

Bowl of limes. Sexual abuse counseling Ambler, PA 19002.

Defining Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse comes in many different forms. Rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual violence, and childhood sexual abuse are all forms of sexual abuse.  Sexual abuse is never really about sex; it's always about power and control. The impact of sexual assault can last a lifetime.  However, a counselor who specializes in this type of trauma can help you discover significant healing.

Childhood Sexual Abuse

Inappropriate touching, exposure of body parts, viewing pornography, and intercourse are all forms of childhood sexual abuse. The adult is using the child for their own sexual stimulation. Often the abuser will "groom" the child, meaning they try to take a place of significance in the child's life and gain the child's trust. 

Exposure to sexual materials or activities at such an early age disrupts a child's normal developmental growth. Children who have experienced sexual abuse will likely have a low self esteem, few friends, and acting out behavior.  A history of abuse can also lead to drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, and sexual promiscuity. 

Many adults who experienced sexual abuse as a child haven't ever shared their stories. The effects of the abuse impact their lives today, disrupting marriages and significant relationships, as well as how they handle stress and difficult emotions. 

If you are an adult with a sexual abuse story that's been eating away at you, please contact us.  We are sexual abuse counseling experts, and want to see you set free from the emotional jail you've been trapped in for so long.


When one person forces or manipulates another to have sex, that is rape.  Rape is a crime. Rape is a trauma that violates a person in a most personal, vulnerable way. The impact of this kind of trauma can include isolation from others, flashbacks, nightmares, difficulty sleeping, loss of self-worth, and inability or fear of sex in a future relationship. People who are raped often feel a loss of control which leads to anxiety and depression.

If you've been raped, please contact us for help. We are trauma specialists. We will work with you, at your own pace, to tell your story and reclaim your life.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment includes any unwelcome sexual advances that make another person feel humiliated or uncomfortable. This can include touching or pinching, sexual jokes or innuendos, and pressure for sexual favors. 

If sexual harassment has or is impacting you, contact us for help. Our counselors can work with you to learn new skills to set firm boundaries, advocate for yourself, and see yourself as valuable, despite what the harassment might have made you feel. 

Further Reading on Sexual Trauma

Childhood Abuse: How to Change Your Story

Woman outside. Sexual abuse therapy in Montgomery County, PA

Why Should I Tell My Sexual Abuse Story?

Women talking. Sexual Abuse Counseling in Ambler, PA 19002

Will PTSD Treatment Really Make A Difference In My Life?

Women talking. PTSD Treatment in Montgomery County, PA