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Trying to help a sexually abused friend
March 14, 2000
5:09 pm
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jrap
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I'm not sure where to go for information. My friend confessed to me that he was verbally and sexually abused by his step father as a child. He told me everthing until he was emotionally drained. I know opening up to me has helped but he is not sure where to go from here. He never told a soul until his late 20's. So much anger and saddness has built up. I can see his pain and troubles now with relationships. He wants to confront his step-father but is frightened about what this will do to the family. What is the best first step for this situation. In desperate need for advice.

March 14, 2000
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I have the same problem. It's actually very similiar, minus the step-father part. Ask your friend if he's ready to talk to a psychologist about his childhood. It's really hard and he might get defensive if you suggest it. But try anyway. I'm surprised that he was able to talk to you about it; usually it's hard to discuss something like that with someone you care about. But that's a good sign. He needs to see a professional, someone who can help him deal with his childhood and help him live a normal life. Don't force him if he isn't ready, he has to want to do this on his own.

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