I just wanted to reach out to you to let you know that I see you, I'm praying for you, and you are truly at the top of our Heavenly Father's mind. He sees your pain, he sees your suffering, and he desires to see you healed, set you free, and live a life full of love, joy, hope, peace, and purpose. For years, I have counseled many of my sisters from different backgrounds, cultures, races, and upbringings who have been (S)uffering (I)n (S)ilence for way too long.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused by the time they are 18, and 44% of rape victims are under age 18. Sadly, but not surprisingly, victims of sexual assault are three times more likely to suffer from depression, 13 times more likely to abuse alcohol, 26 times more likely to abuse drugs, and four times more likely to contemplate suicide according to the Rape and Incest National Network (RAINN).
Pregnancy can be an emotionally overwhelming experience for just about anybody. But for women with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), it can be downright scary. Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of information to be found about how PTSD can impact a pregnancy, leaving many moms-to-be with even more questions and concerns.