As victims of sexual abuse we often blame ourselves.
Most sexual abuse of children is perpetuated by an individul who is both older than and known to the child; a family member, a close friend, a teacher, a neighbour, a coach, a babysitter, etc. This adult is usually in a position of trust and/or authority over the child. It is very common for survivors to carry feelings of shame, mistrust, powerlessness and guilt into adulthood and also feel that they could somehow have prevented the abuse from happening. The truth is, victims of sexual abuse did not deserve the abuse they received nor could they have prevented it.