Sexual Abuse Treatment
Child sexual abuse is not rare. Research indicates that as many as 1 out of 4 girls and 1 out of 6 boys will experience some form of sexual abuse before the age of 18. However, because child sexual abuse is by its very nature secretive, many of these cases are never reported. The effects of sexual abuse extend far beyond childhood. Sexual abuse robs children of their childhood and creates a loss of trust, feelings of guilt and self-abusive behavior. It can lead to antisocial behavior, depression, identity confusion, loss of self-esteem, and other serious emotional problems. It can also lead to difficulty with intimate relationships later in life. Early treatment can help children and families heal.
Since the 1980s, our Child Sexual Abuse Treatment (SAT) Program has helped children and families impacted by sexual abuse. With the use of individual, family and group counseling, children are given the opportunity to heal from the trauma often associated with sexual abuse.
Child Sexual Abuse Treatment (SAT) Program
In the early 1980’s, Hope Horizon Mental Health recognized there was a lack of available resources for families impacted by sexual abuse, and began developing a strong treatment program that is now available throughout Tulare County. With sites located in Tulare, Visalia, Earlimart, Porterville, Lindsay, Exeter, Woodlake, and Dinuba, Hope Horizon Mental Health offers a highly dedicated group of therapists, specifically trained in the best practices of Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Hope Horizon Mental Health’s Healthy Boundaries program provides individual, family and group therapies for child victims, their non-offending caregivers and other family members struggling with the impact the abuse has had on the victim and family. Additionally, under this program Hope Horizon Mental Health has the only Adolescent Sexual Responsibility Program (ASRP) in the County to provide treatment for minors who have engaged in inappropriate sexual behaviors.
The Healthy Boundaries program helps adults understand their role as caregivers of a sexually abused child, heal from their own histories of abuse, and build safety for the family moving forward. Healthy Boundaries…
- Is a support group for nonoffending parents, adult survivors of sexual abuse and parents of children with sexual behavior problems.
- Provides education to parents to be able to provide the best support to their children.
- Allows parents to make connections with other parents in similar circumstances.
- Is a safe environment where you will feel heard.
Adolescent Sexual Responsibility Program (ASRP)
The Adolescent Sexual Responsibility Program reaches adolescents who have committed a sexual offense or who have significantly crossed a boundary in a sexual manner. We take the opportunity to use a therapeutic approach to help the youth to understand the choice that they made thoughts leading up to the choice, as well as the consequences and potential consequences. We assist in learning healthy ways to get needs met and to connect with others in an appropriate manner. There is an individual treatment approach as well as a group approach within this specialized program. The goal is to reduce risk factors to the community through psychoeducation and personal awareness.
Sexual Responsibility Program (SRP)
The Sexual Responsibility Program is a contracted service with Child Welfare Services for adults who have been alleged to have abused a child and have not been adjudicated. We assist these individuals in understanding healthy boundaries, as well as safety planning for their families. The specialized therapist is in close communication with the Child Welfare social worker as to the risk factors and completion of this program. The goal is to reduce risk factors to the community through psychoeducation and personal awareness.