In my experience, childhood sexual abuse survivors are highly intelligent, deeply sensitive, intuitive, creative and protectors of the innocents. They are also dissociative, prone to self-harm, frequently anorexic and struggle regularly with suicidal thoughts and feelings. As one survivor told me, “Suicide is always an option.”The Connection Between Suicide And Childhood Sexual Abuse | HuffPost Canada Life (huffingtonpost.ca)
The analysis of 68 studies by psychologists at the University of Manchester and University of South Wales revealed that suicide attempts were:
- Three times more likely for people who experienced sexual abuse as a child
- Two and a half times more likely for people who experienced physical abuse as a child
- Two and a half times more likely for people who experienced emotional abuse or neglect as a child
- Also from the research published in Psychological Medicine today, children who experienced multiple abuse are as much as five times higher to attempt suicide.