Effects of Rape on Young Victims

Rape is one of the most despicable crimes in existence. It is not just sexual. It is also often forced through violence, intimidation, and even manipulation. The crime even becomes more despicable if the rape victim is a child.
First, what kind of person will be sexually attracted to a child. Second, this person, especially if a full-grown adult, should have the instinct of protecting the young, whether they are his or her relative or just a stranger.
Still, child rape is a real thing. According to the website www.criminalattorneysnashville.com/practice-areas/sex-offenses/, child rape is considered as a Class A Felony, at least in Tennessee, with a minimum sentence of 25 years. It is quite reassuring that jurisdictions treat child rape cases this seriously.


Since rape often involves force, it is not surprising that the victims can sustain physical injuries, such as bruises, especially in the wrists and ankles, because these body parts can be restrained by the suspects. They can also sustain broken bones, especially in the head, arm, leg, and hip area. These parts are particularly vulnerable because of how the child may fight back and how the suspect may retaliate.
Other worse injuries involve the genital and anal areas, such as bleeding, soreness, and conditions such as sexually transmitted diseases and urinary tract infections.

Psychological Responses

The victim may also emotionally and psychologically respond in a negative way. The most common effect is known as the post-traumatic stress disorder, wherein the child will have flashbacks, nightmares, and anxiety attacks about the traumatic event.
Rape victims are also likely to be more irritable and have less interest in eating, sleeping, and maybe even playing. It can be said that they are experiencing a form of depression.

Developmental Challenges

They are in their formative years, and traumatic experiences such as rape can have a negative effect on their development. The most common sign of development challenges is regressive behavior. The young victim may go back to habits he or she has already surpassed, such as wetting the bed.
The child may also find it harder to make friends, because of a developed distrust toward others and poor social skills, arising from lack of self-worth or fear of being judged.

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