Side Effects of Sexual Abuse: Early Menarche

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There have been several psychological studies done on women who were sexual abused as children; specifically on when they started to go through puberty.  I could bore you with links to these studies but I’ll just include the article titles at the end of this entry.  So why do I bring this up?  Well, in my previous entry about memory loss [link] I talked about how I started to develop breasts around age 9, when no one else in my fourth grade class was doing so.

After my horrible experience in the Spanish Emersion program I was finally in a new school.  I was pretty excited about my school because my mother taught at the same school.  It made me feel very safe to know that she was just down the hall.  It also stunted my social maturity and made me ridiculously awkward for pretty much the rest of my primary and secondary school career.  I was never good at making friends and I tried to be friends with teachers, I know, so weird right?  Anyway, in fifth grade we went through our first sexual education class.

I already knew a lot of the information they taught us in the class because after I started to develop my boobs my mom would talk with me about how reproduction works and the changes that my body was going to go through.  So for some odd reason I was super excited to get my very first period.  I have no idea why but I guess I thought that it would change my life, that it would make me more normal.

Looking back on it now I think maybe it had to do with the fact that I would finally be going through something that everyone else was going to have to experience.  That by getting my period I would finally be the same as all the other girls in my class.  Low and behold I got my period when I was 10, at the end of 5th grade.  Which was probably earlier than anyone else who was in my grade, yep, I was special, again.

Anyway, the point that I am trying to make is that children who were sexual abused tend to go through puberty earlier.  So if by some chance you are a parent whose child was sexual abused and you have stumbled upon this blog then please, talk to you child about what they will be going through.  Do not put it off because chances are that they might be going through puberty sooner than their peers.

If you were sexual abused and went through puberty early go ahead and hit like or reblog.  Lets do our own little focus group.

Resources:

Age of menarche: The role of some psychosocial factors, Romans, S. E., Martin, M., Gendall, K., Herbison, G. P.,    Psychological Medicine, Vol 33(5), Jul, 2003. pp. 933-939.

Childhood sexual abuse and early menarche: the direction of their relationship and its implications, Zabin LS, Emerson MR, Rowland DL,  Journal of Adolescent Health (J ADOLESC HEALTH), 2005 May; 36(5): 393-400 (42 ref)

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