As new information is revealed about Stephen Collins and the young girls he allegedly molested, many wonder if any of the alleged victims will speak out. A top Post Traumatic Stress Disorder expert tells HollywoodLife.com the sad truth.
Victims of sexual abuse are often riddled with shame and embarrassment, Los Angeles based therapist Steven Ornstein explains to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. Now that Stephen Collins‘ alleged shocking confession has been released to the public, will those he allegedly assaulted remain silent or speak up about the pain and trauma they have endured?
Stephen Collins: Alleged Molestation Victims Likely To Remain Silent
With the news that Stephen Collins allegedly molested at least three underage girls, we certainly hope these alleged victims can find some sort of healing if possible. An expert speaks out on what could happen next.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if none of the victims in this Stephen Collins case come forward. They don’t want to deal with the embarrassment, shame and stigma that’s attached with the sexual abuse,” Post Traumatic Stress Disorder expert & co-founder of Neurodevelopmental Learning Institute Steven Ornstein tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
“It’s important that victims of sexual abuse and molestation get help to release the shame and/or guilt they may feel. There are groups they can join and gain a sense of community and trust. Unresolved trauma from sexual abuse can lead to drug addition, alcohol abuse, abusive relationships. Many of the victims blame themselves. Children are suppose to be able to trust adults,” Ornstein explains.
Stephen Collins: Therapist Says There Is No Cure For Child Molesters
Unfortunately, Ornstein says there is no cure for those who prey on children.
“There’s really no such thing as a cure when it comes to child molesters, that’s why a pedophile has to register as a sex offender when he or she is found guilty. There is a high percentage of repeat offenders. Most sex offenders are repeating history. They are more often than not victims of sexual abuse. They were molested or abused when they were children,” he explains.
There may not be a cure for sexual offenders, but there is help, including support groups.
“Sex offenders can get help by going to therapy and participating in support meetings. There are support groups out there,” says Dr. Ornstein.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those involved in this disturbing and sad story.
If YOU or anyone you know needs support, please visit Rape, Abuse And Incest National Network’s webiste at www.RAAIN.org
–Reporting by Sandra Clark