“People who have suffered abuse tend to feel guilty, when in reality they are victims”

“People who have suffered abuse tend to feel guilty, when in reality they are victims”
“People who have suffered abuse tend to feel guilty, when in reality they are victims”

Culpability. That is, according to experts, one of the feelings that is most repeated among the victims of situations such as those experienced by two girls from La Rioja who have been tricked by a cyber predator into sending them intimate content. «It is still an abuse and “It is something that, depending on how it is managed by adults, can become very traumatic,” says Juan Cruz Rada, an educational psychologist specialized in technology and minors.

The impact it causes will depend, as another psychologist, Roberto Oraá, points out, on different factors, ranging from the level of vulnerability of the person and their ability to face adversity to the extent of what happened, but it can. generate consequences at a psychological level. “It is quite common to feel guilty when the person who has suffered these situations is actually a victim,” emphasizes the specialist in Sexology. «And sometimes that feeling of guilt can accompany them for a long time, many years; and that is something that we try to dismantle from their thoughts in therapy,” he adds.

To combat this feeling, Juan Cruz Rada believes the support they can obtain both from their families and on a professional level is essential. “At nine years old, children have a very diffuse concept of sexual abuse, but they are aware that what happened has put them in danger and has greatly scared the people around them,” explains the psychologist. “Therefore, it is important that they know that they are being cared for and not blamed,” he adds.

In addition to this sensation, victims of abuse may present other traumas. “It is common for minors to present symptoms of depression or anxiety and sometimes this results in low self-esteem,” says Oraá. “Interpersonal relationships can also be affected because of a tendency toward isolation and social anxiety, as well as distrust of adults,” she lists. “And when they reach adulthood, they also sometimes have an inability to enjoy sexual relations,” she concludes.

And in preventing these cases, experts consider education essential. “One of the problems we have is the discordance between what happens in society and what we address in formal education,” considers Juan Cruz Rada. “It is very difficult to talk about sexuality in classrooms and for parents to see that it is something important,” he adds. Delving into this, Roberto Oraá points out the need to educate not only in the sexual field, but also in values ​​and in the technological world. “Parents should educate us about the risks, dangers and control that we must have regarding our children’s use of technology,” explains the psychologist. “And we have to give minors tools to detect the lies that are hidden behind social networks and educate them to never, under any circumstances, send images in which they can be recognized,” he emphasizes.

Finally, and to help minors who have gone through these traumatic situations, Rada notes that professional help “is essential.” He now makes a recommendation: “We cannot avoid the entire virtual world, but we must take precautions.”

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