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What is The Healingroom?
The #Healingroom is a gathering place on IRC where those of us who have survived Childhood Abuse and are healing from it.  Here we gather for support and fellowship.  We are people that have been down the road of abuse alone, and are on the path of healing and recovery together. 

 We encourage you to roam around our site, enjoying your visit here to our home page and its related links.  If you are a Adult Survivor of Childhood Abuse and feel you could benefit by joining us, we'd like to meet you.  We believe we could benefit by having you with us as well.  To get to our chat room you will need a IRC program that offers Webnet IRC servers. If you don't have one that's okay, just follow the link, "How To Get To Our Chat Room".  There you will be given instructions on how to get an IRC program named mIRC and how to use it to join us in the room.  You can also join us without such a program by using our java chat entrance on the site.  Come on in, stay awhile.

Surviving Childhood Abuse

Childhood abuse can consist of many different experiences. Adults who have lived through experiences of abuse are often referred to as adult survivors of childhood abuse. Statistics are difficult to obtain because of the secrecy and shame that so often surround such abuse. But we do know that such abuse occurs in all races, religions and economic classes.  (Continued)

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What is Abuse?

Abuse is a pattern of behavior that a person uses to try to control or dominate another person. Abuse does not have to be physical. The consequences of emotional abuse can be as damaging as physical abuse, though much harder to recognize, and therefore more difficult to recover from.  Emotional abuse may cause long term self esteem issues. Listed below are some examples of emotional abuse:

When a person is threatened, intimidated, humiliated, yelled at, or blamed, and made to feel inferior or stupid;
Constant emotional or verbal assaults that make someone feel sad, worthless and/or unwanted;
Name calling, making them feel crazy, playing mind games, and blame shifting;
Using words and feelings to strike out, embarrass, shame, insult or reject;
May include excessive, aggressive or unreasonable demands that are beyond a persons capacity;
Constant criticizing, belittling, insulting, and rejecting are all examples of emotional abuse.

Emotional abuse may happen for months and years before any damage is evident. By the time the injury is noticed, the person may already be having significant difficulty coping with life. Emotional abuse ultimately affects a persons development and sense of self-worth.

Physical abuse is the most visible form of abuse may be defined as any act that results in a non-accidental trauma or physical injury.  Physical abuse injuries result from punching, beating, pushing, shoving, slapping, biting, kicking, choking, hitting, burning, throwing objects, preventing someone from physically leaving, threatening with a weapon, or otherwise harming someone.  Many people include rape under physical abuse, I do not. I think it constitutes sexual abuse.

Sexual Abuse can be defined as the involvement of dependent, developmentally immature children in sexual activities they do not fully comprehend and therefore, which they unable to give informed consent.  Sexual abuse also includes rape, whether as an adult or a child.  Sexual abuse is any misuse of a child for sexual pleasure or gratification.  Sexual abuse includes sexual intercourse and/or its deviations, including, exhibitionism, fondling, and any sexual contact.  Sexual abuse can include any of the list below:

For A Child
indecent exposure/exhibitionism
exposure to pornographic material
the deliberate exposure to the act of intercourse
masturbating in front of a child
forcing or coaxing a child to touch an adults sexual organs
any penetration of a child's vagina or anus by an object that doesn't have a medical purpose
engaging a child for the purposes of prostitution
using a child to film, photograph or model pornography

For An Adult
criticizing you sexually
insisting on uncomfortable and unwanted touching
committing sadistic sexual acts
name calling, "whore", "frigid", "dog" before, during or after sex
forcing someone to strip who did not want to
forced sex of any kind, includes rape even when you are married
any sexual contact done without your consent, including when you are married


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