Mar 10, 2010 7:22 PM by Sarah Rosario

Recovering From Child Abuse

A nine year old child who is now in state custody has a long history of alleged abuse. The boys father and step mother are both in jail. The two are facing a possible lifetime behind bars for allegedly starving their child, to the point he had to eat his own feces to survive.

Six years ago the boy was removed from his biological mother's home and placed with his father. Reasons as to why the boy was taken from his mother are disputable. Regardless, one local psychologist is saying it's inevitable that he'll need therapy.

Psychologist Dr. Donna Aucoin says the long term affects of such serious abuse could last into adulthood. "For instance when a child who is abused becomes a parent they may relive or think more about the abuse they sustained as a child." Dr. Aucoin says recovering from something like this could take years. The good news is kids are resilient and have the ability to bounce back, but not without seeking help.

Aucoin says some of the problems for abused child are lack of social skills, difficulty keeping attention, insomnia, anxiety and depression. Aucoin says getting help is vital for their survival. "It's very helpful for them to get the assistance of a therapist so that they can weed out those issues and to feel more comfortable about where they are and to let go of some of the pain," said Aucoin.

Sarah Rosario




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