Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is any forced and unwanted sexual activity. Since children are unable to consent, sexual child abuse is any sexual activity involving a child. Most of the time, the victims of sexual abuse know their attacker and sexual abuse often becomes worse over time. A person who has been sexually abused may feel anger, shock, shame, guilt, fear or disbelief. If you have been sexually abused, as a child or an adult, you may develop depression, anxiety, poor self-esteem or post-traumatic stress disorder. A qualified mental health professional can help victims of sexual abuse, both children and adults, to recover from the trauma they have experienced.

Local experts in Sexual Abuse

Jacqueline Potter

Clinical Social Work Associate

I have spent over five years working as an advocate for survivors of sexual assault and studied somatic and cognitive practices to help individuals understand and heal from sexual abuse.

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Robin Friedman, LCSW (She/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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I have worked directly with sexual able/assault survivors of all genders for many years including over 4 years as a therapist at a Rape Recovery Center. I work with adults who are survivors of any kind of sexual and physical abuse trauma from ongoing childhood abuse to single incident rape or other sexual violence.

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Lindsay Howson

Licensed Professional Counselor

Sexual abuse affects us in ways that we may not realize. This often includes anxiety, depression, difficulty trusting others, and difficulty forming and maintaining healthy relationships. I am here to help my clients learn how to reestablish their lives and begin to recover.

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Marisa Benson

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

My experience working with both perpetrators of sexual abuse and survivors of sexual abuse has informed my work with clients providing me with a unique background in this field. I strive to research and learn more about this field so that I may integrate new concepts and tools or refer clients to clinicians who can administer interventions I am not trained in (i.e. EMDR, neurofeedback, etc.).

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Sarah Hardin

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

Being a survivor is immensely complicated. I have extensive experience working with sexual abuse survivors and their families, and will witness and support your healing work with care and compassion. I use a family systems perspective to work in a relationship-based manner to address the complexities of abuse in individuals and families.

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Janean VeDova

Marriage and Family Therapist

Sexual abuse does not discriminate, it effects all people no matter their age, gender, ability, socio economic class, race, sexual orientation and or culture. You are not alone, someone else is at fault not you. As a volunteer Rape Victim Advocate with Multnomah District Attorney I have seen the many ways sexual abuse and sexual assault effects people and their lives.

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Jane Ward, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

I am a certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider, which authorizes me to work with perpetrators of sexual abuse in the state of Oregon. I am able to work with people who are court-mandated or self-referred. I also provide therapy to victims of sexual abuse and sexual trauma.

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Miranda York

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

I work with adults who were sexually abused as children. I also work with adults who have experienced sexual abuse from intimate partners.

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Sawyer Salameh

Licensed Professional Counselor

I have worked with adults that have experience childhood sexual abuse and recent abuse. I come from a trauma education with EMDR training.

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Kimberly Dudley, LMHCA, NCC

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

Sexual abuse is unwanted sexual behavior between a person who holds more power than another person and forces them into sexual acts using threats of violence, using force and/or taking advantage of a vulnerability. Power can be described as authority, age, status, intelligence, etc.

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Nick Vaske, LCSW, CADC I (he/him)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW, CADC I

I have several years of experience working with survivors of DV/SA as an advocate and therapist. I have multiple years of experience working with youth who have perpetrated sexual abuse as a mentor and therapist.

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Christine Bethel

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

My work has shown me that an astounding number of us have experienced sexual abuse. Perhaps your experience was recent or maybe it is from the distant past, maybe you have buried it deep or have addressed it before but now find it cropping up in your life and causing problems. You don't have to live with the pain you are experiencing, many tools, including EMDR, can bring you significant healing.

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