Physician Assistant Studies Student Presents at SCHOLAR Day
April 23, 2015
By Jaime Eyssen
ALLIANCE, Ohio – Physician assistant studies graduate student Kelsey Meyer linked the correlation of sexual abuse in children with future substance abuse in her presentation during the University of Mount Union’s SCHOLAR Day held on Tuesday.
Meyer noted that individuals who suffered from abuse as children are three to four times more likely to abuse substances as adults. Factors that contribute to this are feelings of traumatic sexualization, betrayal, powerlessness and stigmatization. For these individuals, substances save the day and help them dissociate from the trauma.
Meyer concluded by offering a series of therapy options for children who have been sexually abused. These options include risk reduction through family therapy, animal therapy and game-based cognitive behavioral therapy.
“There is hope,” Meyer said. “As a future medical professional, I know that even though one in 10 children has been sexually abused that it doesn’t mean they are going to have a bad future.”