The Psychology Behind Children Who Have Been Molested

By: Lauren Forsythe Email
By: Lauren Forsythe Email

While getting the truth in the human trafficking case is important, the effect on the child who has been molested could be life-changing.

We sat down with a psychologist to find out what children go through, after being molested.

Dr. Bill Pfohl says this is a case that could affect a child for the rest of his or her life.

"The harm for a young child would be what we would label Post-Tramatic Stress Disorder where kids could have problems with nightmares or problems with flashbacks or being able to remember what happened," says Dr. Pfohl.

Dr. Pfohl says Post-Tramatic Stress Disorder can cause significant psychological damage later in life, resulting in anxiety, depression and in extreme cases, suicide.

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