Hello everyone. I hope to find some relief from the pain with all of you. Last year my 17 YO son disclosed to a friend that he had been sexually abused by one of his coaches from the time he was 10 through the age of 13. The perpetrator was sentenced to 60 years in jail. Life has gone on and my son seems to be doing fine but I spend a lot of time "catastrophizing" about the future negative impact this will have on his life. When I see stories on the news (Jared, Subway guy) about sexual abuse of children, it sends me into a tailspin and it takes several days/weeks before I can get back to "normal". I realized as I was signing up for this group that my biggest fear in coming to a site like this is that I will hear horror stories about things that happen to children later on in life as a direct result of the abuse (someone became a perpetrator, etc). I feel like I do best when I just don't allow myself to think about it but I don't want this to define me for the rest of my life either. Some days are better than others. Thanks for listening.
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