Interventions for Survivors of Sexual Trauma

Tittle: Interventions for Survivors of Sexual Trauma
Choose Topic: Psychology
Select number of pages: 2
Question Description: One in 6 females and one in 33 males have experienced some form of sexual trauma in their lives (RAINN, 2009). Many who seek treatment present with issues unrelated to sexual trauma. Given the high percentage of sexual trauma survivors, it is very likely that you will encounter clients with such a history during your career, regardless of your specialization. Therefore, it is important to familiarize yourself with a sexual trauma framework and skills specific to working with this population. While sexual trauma mostly occurs on an individual level, it also can have a significant impact on the family system. As a practitioner, you may intervene with the individual survivor, the parent(s) of a child who has been sexually abused, the spouse of a rape survivor, and/or the family system as a whole.

For this Discussion, select two types of sexual trauma from the readings this week and think about two interventions you might use for each and why.

By Day 4
Post a brief description of two types of sexual trauma. Then, describe two interventions you might use for each, and explain why you would select these interventions.

Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the resources.

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Victims of sexual violence are likely to seek treatment for depression and post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD). Young females who are sexually abused as young children are at high risks of alcohol abuse disorders, withdrawal symptoms, and suicidal threats based on depression episodes.  Individuals often seek services for issues that are not directly linked to sexual trauma. Unequal treatment in rape crisis services based on gender and sexuality poses high risks to the patients (Seelman, 2015). Military sexual assault (MSA) causes high risks of PTSD, especially among female veterans (Gross et al., 2019). This discussion explains depression and PTSD among childhood sexual assault and adulthood sexual assault victims. Child and adult sexual abuse, including domestic violence, cause threats of depression, and MSA increases the level of PTSD hence the need for appropriate interventions.