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Abby Penson, Phd Sexual Assault


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Sexual Assault
Trauma Assault >> Sexual Assault


Unfortunately, sexual assault can come in many forms such as sexual abuse, rape, molestation, and incest and can happen in childhood or adulthood. Sexual assault is an incredibly personal and destructive crime. Its effects on individuals and their loved ones can be felt psychologically, emotionally, and physically. They can be brief in duration or last a very long time. It is important to remember that there are many different reactions to sexual assault. Every individual's response will be different depending on the situation.

Sexual assault can lead an individual to experience complications in their self-esteem, view of their body, ability to trust, as well as to an inability to reach orgasm, lack of interest in sex, vaginismus, and to fear of intimacy or touching.

Therapy helps individuals recover from the effects of abuse by helping them regain trust, express their anger, and overcome their fears. Abuse survivors can learn to feel safe and have healthy, pleasurable sexual experiences and intimate relationships.

If you have been sexually assaulted and would like a safe and confidential place to receive support and guidance, please contact Dr. Penson @ 323-580-3383.

If you have just been sexually assaulted and/or cannot wait for Dr. Penson to return your call, please contact RAINN – Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network @ 1-800-656-HOPE for 24/7 confidential support.

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