By contrast, overt sexual abuse speaks to the direct sexual contact and exploitation of a dependent person/victim by caregivers or authority figures.
Depending on the nature of the abuse and by whom the abuse was perpetrated, a child often feels shame and fear; perhaps having been directly solicited for the interaction or singled out and “groomed.” Covert sexual abuse is devastating largely in part due to the indirect and insidious nature of the abuse.
Caving to emotional demands that are too burdensome, the abused may experience some or all of the following symptoms as a result: “I had a great life growing up.
I know that I get really anxious in a relationship so I wasn’t going to jump into anything too quickly.” “I’m glad to see that you’ve given this some thought.
Taking your time sounds prudent.” “Now that I have what I’ve always been looking for—a close and committed loving relationship—I want out.
” “If I did a good job at school or got good grades at school my dad was happy.
Other than that I didn’t get much more from him because he was busy working.
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“The obvious signs of Emotional Incest are obscured.