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Jane was sexually abused by her father years ago. He fondled

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Jane was sexually abused by her father years ago. He fondled her private parts from age 7-17. She worked for him and also spent time with him on his fishing boat. Her new step mother took every opportunity to discourage the relationship

My question, assuming the above is true what predictable effects would this abuse have on Jane who is now 45 years old
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Dear friend,

I believe that I can help.

Jane could be suffering in several ways, which are common to women who were sexually abused by an incestuous father.

She could be suffering from distorted body-image, believing she is bigger or smaller than she really is. She may have an eating disorder – bulimia or anorexia.

She may dress inappropriately (such as wearing something a young girl might wear) or may wear something older than her age – old lady clothes.

She may suffer from Dissociation (limp or rigid body posture, unfocused eyes, extremely passive at times, unaware of a discussion in progress, and may appear as if she is “somewhere else”).

She may seem emotionally numb, extremely sad. She may engage in self-injury or self-abuse, such as cutting or burning herself, pulling out hair, or picking skin until it bleeds.

If she has children she may not have proper boundaries for them: dressing them provocatively, leaving them with strangers, or on the other extreme be very overprotective, see danger in safe situations, have unrealistic expectations for their behavior, and may over discipline them.

She may have the symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which includes feeling hopeless, depressed, always on edge and distrustful, easily startled, have problems with new situations, and constantly see the negative.

I hope that this answers your question.

I shall keep Jane, and you, in my prayers.

Warm regards,


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