Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
C-PTSD (Complex post-traumatic stress disorder), also known as (complex trauma disorder) is a psychological disorder that can develop in response to prolonged, repeated experience of interpersonal trauma in a context in which the individual has little or no chance of escape.
C-PTSD relates to the trauma model of metal disorders and is associated with chronic sexual, psychological, sexual, and narcissistic (child) abuse, child abuse, and physical abuse and neglect, chronic intimate partner violence, victims of prolonged workplace or school bullying, victims of kidnapping and hostage situations, indentured servants, victims of slavery and human trafficking, sweatshop workers, prisoners of warm concentration camp survivors, residential school survivors, and defectors of cults or cult-like organizations.
Situations involving captivity/entrapment (a situation lacking a viable escape route for the victim or a perception of such) can lead to C-PTSD-like symptoms, which can include prolonged feelings of terror, worthlessness, helplessness, and deformation of one's identity and sense of self.
Calling a PTSD helpline is often a beneficial first step for starting your recovery from PTSD. They offer a safe and confidential way for you to get information and support and connect you to important resources, including treatment programs.
To reduce the risk of child sexual abuse and to be an advocate and voice for children who have been sexually molested as well as their affected family.
What SCARS does:
SCARS is a Bermuda registered charity (#922) formed to create greater awareness of the devastation that child sexual abuse can cause in the life of an innocent child, their affected family and a community. Through the ‘Darkness to Light Stewards of Children’ Training Program, SCARS provides training to individuals and organizations entrusted with children to Prevent, Recognize, and React Responsibly to child sexual abuse.
SCARS provides awareness through their ‘SAFE (SCARS Arms Families through Education)’ Program. SAFE is a ‘tool box’ of information for parents, guardians and organizations entrusted with the care of children.
SCARS ‘Darkness To Light Community Awareness Program’ is a powerful presentation demonstrating the magnitude of the issue of child sexual abuse and the emotional impact it can have on a child, a family and a community.
If sexual abuse does occur, SCARS also provides a list of resources to promote the healing process.