How you respond can really help
Parents and carers who discover that their child has been abused often find themselves experiencing a range of feelings from confusion and anger to horror, disgust, grief and betrayal.
Many will feel frustrated and helpless. Some find themselves feeling a sense of numbness.
A range of emotions
Naturally, there are no right or wrong ways to feel in this situation – the most important things are finding some ways of processing your feelings and offering effective support to your child.
Some thoughts on how to respond
Following sexual abuse, or the discovery of it, children also often experience feelings like confusion, anger and betrayal.They often blame themselves and feel stigmatized, embarrassed and ashamed. They might have these feelings straight away or at some point in the future.