This can make you feel even more isolated and alone.
You may be feeling guilty as this is a very common feeling for survivors to have.
You may feel guilty or bad because you didn't say no or do anything to stop the abuse.
Some children are looking for love and affection, not to be abused. The guilt, badness and shame is always on the head of the abuser - don't take it onto your shoulders.
Many survivors experience nightmares and you may find it helps to write down the nightmare.
This helps to get the feelings out instead of keeping them inside you.
It is important to share the way you are feeling with someone you can trust, someone who will be there for you to listen and give you support.
Talking about what has happened to you can make an enormous difference and can feel like a great weight being lifted from you.
You may have been abused by a member of your family and that if you have disclosed the abuse that your family members have closed ranks and may have accused you of making it up.
It can be easier to blame the survivor than face the fact that someone within the family has abused you.
If you are an adult who was abused as a child it is possible that you may have never spoken to anyone about this.
Many adults keep this a secret well into their adult life and many find that the effect upon them has had devastating consequences not only throughout their childhood but also in their adult life.
You may find that you have enormous difficulty in maintaining loving and trusting relationships, you may have low sense of worth and low self esteem, you may suffer from sexual difficulties and depression.
In order to try and block out the abuse and to cope you may be drinking heavily, taking drugs, self harming, suffering from eating disorders and may feel suicidal.