We had walked seven years, linear time. In spirit time, we trudged blindly, soared, dug in our heels, cuddled, labored, hunkered down, and grew as deep as a million miles.
Lists of symptoms will never give us the depth of information we need to recognize the people around us who have hidden wounds from childhood sexual abuse. I think about this when I hear survivors describe themselves when they were in school
There are four common perceptions that make it hard for us to recognize the extent of abuse.
1. We would like to think abuse, especially sexual abuse, happens outside the circle of people we know.