Child Sexual Abuse Is An African American Single Mother With Diagnosis Of Mild Retardation

1156 Words Aug 11th, 2014 5 Pages
“I need to move, my landlord ask me to trade myself for the rent. Help me find a new house.” One day, my client said to me when I interned at the State of New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department. This client is an African-American single mother with diagnosis of mild retardation. She does not have a job and all of her income is from Supplement Security Income. As a victim of child sexual abuse (CSA) who received services from different mental health settings since she was very young, she is unconfident in everything and has never escaped from the nightmare of being raped even after she grew up. Many men went in and out of her life and she experienced intimate partner violence (IPV) from time to time. Her parents want to get money from her and ask her to prostitute. It seems that everyone blames her and uses her. Impacts, including low self-esteem, internalized shame, sense of disempowerment, mental health issues, poverty, etc., come to her during her adulthood. Why did she have so many traumas during adulthood? Why did she feel worthless and valueless? Why could the interventions not help?
Tragically, she is not the only one that suffers so much. In fact, victims of CSA are twice as high to be raped and experience IPV in adulthood than those who are not raped in childhood (Tjaden and Toennes, 2000). Females with higher intellectual disability are easy victims of sexual abuse (Tylenda, and Sachs, 2014). What is more, in a national study, it is found that…

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