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Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is inappropriate and unwanted body contact, which involves a wide range of actions between a child and an adult or a child and older children. The exposure of adult genitalia to children and using a child for pornography are examples. Often the adult abusing your child is a family member or someone known to your child.

Individuals who have been sexually abused suffer psychological damage. Children who are five or older become very confused as they try to understand why someone they know and trust is hurting them.

The abuse scrambles a child’s sense of whom they can trust. Your child may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of sexual abuse.

Sexual abuse can also occur between adults and is a form of domestic violence. Among adults, forced sexual activity, even between spouses, is abuse.

Children and adults who suffer sexual abuse often deal with depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and low self-esteem.

At Indiana University Health, we work with survivors of abuse and family members to overcome and thrive after sexual abuse. 

Therapy is one of the best resources for sexual abuse recovery. Our physicians, psychiatrists and counselors offer a wide range of therapies and medical services to heal your or your child’s physical and mental injuries as a result of sexual abuse.

Our affiliations with Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health and Indiana University School of Medicine mean we have access to the most up-to-date treatments that provide the best outcomes in recovering from sexual abuse. This includes children who need assistance, adults suffering from sexual abuse or adults dealing with the impact their own childhood abuse.

The Pediatric Center of Hope provides extensive medical evaluations and crisis counseling for children alleged to have been sexually abused. The Indiana University sexual abuse clinic evaluates and treats 500 sexual abuse victims each year.

The child protection program at Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics employs faculty physicians who are the only board certified child abuse pediatricians in Indiana.

We offer a specialty clinic approach to the psychiatric conditions that accompany sexual abuse in children and adults. Our experts at the child and adolescent psychiatry clinic and the adult psychiatry clinic deliver specialized treatments for anxiety disorders.

How We Can Help

How We Can Help

Sexual Abuse Treatment Information

Many different types of therapy are used to address the symptoms that result from sexual abuse in children and adults. At IU Health Behavioral Health, we collaborate with physicians, psychiatrists and counselors to deliver the most effective combination of treatments to manage these symptoms.


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Sexual Abuse Support Services

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