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When I was younger I was sexually abused by my brother. Now it’s keeping me up at night. I can’t tell my parents because it would rip my family apart. What should I do?

Sexual abuse can be a traumatic experience. As difficult as this may be for you, you’ve taken the first step — you’re reaching out for help.

Healing from sexual abuse may take a while, so give yourself the time you need to deal with the hurt you feel. It’s important to continue talking about the abuse, even if it happened a while ago. Many find support groups or individual therapy to be helpful — they can provide a safe place where fears and concerns can be expressed and explored.

nearby Planned Parenthood may be able to provide information about support groups for rape survivors or individual therapy.

The Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN) may know of support groups in your area as well. You can contact them at 1-800-656-HOPE for additional information and support.

Tags: rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse