My niece experienced sexual trauma when she was eight years old. I know she went for councelling for just a few sessions. I don’t know if it really helped as she is withdrawn.
She stays with me now and I am wondering if there is anything I need to do to help her in addition to the professional councelling she received from a social worker?
Mama Madikgetla answers
Survivors of childhood sexual trauma are likely to experience the hardship as a result of the traumatic incidents as they grow older. One of the causes is that as they mature they begin to have more understanding of what happened to them and become aware of how the incident changed their lives without giving them a choice.I would recommend that you take her back for counselling again and if possible, to the same social worker. It is after an assessment and based on the findings that you will be empowered on how to support her