Our expert says:
It is most definitely a form of sexual abuse and no adult had the right to subject a minor to any of this behavior. Most probably you did not speak up due to fear of what he might do to you/that no one will believe you and furthermore children are often left with a dilemma: on the one hand they do not want this behavior and on the other hand they experience a sort of acceptance that they are not willing to jeopardize. The bottom line is – It is illegal behavior on the side of the adult and no child should ever be exploited in that manner.
It most definitely could have had an impact on your emotional and psychological development. It would most probably be a good idea to explore the impact in the safety of a therapeutic relationship with a psychologist or therapist that specifically deal with sexual concerns.
For further information please consult SASHA’s website at www.sexualhealth.qw.co.za/dru. For referral to a professional in your vicinity, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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