Nothing is as devastating to a young girl as being molested by their father. Sexual molestation is a heinous crime that leaves invisible scars for life and it can throw the entire family into chaos and turmoil. Overcoming this kind of abuse is a process that takes time, patience and love as well as professional help in most instances. To begin the journey you must first understand what has been destroyed when fathers molest their daughters.
The first casualty of this kind of abuse is trust. When fathers molest their daughters it is normally within the confines of their own home and bedrooms, which is the one place that should be a sanctuary from the evils of the world. Not to mention that this is the one person in her life that should be her protector. This action can forever color the way she sees the male species.
Security in her home, bedroom and familial relationships has been tainted and a molested girl has nowhere she can feel safe or trust that nothing bad will happen to her.
The numbers are staggering when it comes to molestation. Statistics will shock you but what will shock you even more is the number of girls who never report when fathers molest their daughters. The most common reason for not reporting is shame.
Sexual contact at a young age brings feelings of shame upon the victim. She may feel it was something she said, did or wore that brought about the attack. The truth is far from that reality but a young girl will have difficulty casting her father as the pervert for many years. It is easier to take the blame and the shame than to speak up and have people wonder or even say hurtful things. Even without these concerns, a girl who has been molested may feel dirty and not want anyone to know what has happened to her.
Families are destroyed when fathers molest their daughters. Often times mom becomes a single parent, dad may go to jail (though that is not a given) and life as you know it completely and irrevocably changes.
These are just a few of the many issues that come about when fathers molest their daughters. Girls can also become sexually promiscuous at a young age or completely frigid and scared of men, neither of which is healthy.
The first step in overcoming of course is to find safety. If this is your daughter, you need to move, divorce or whatever else may be necessary for her to find a semblance of safety where trust can be rebuilt. If you are the adult survivor of the abuse you may currently be in an abusive adult relationship, you are still not safe and you need to get out to heal.
Counseling is a great step toward processing all the feelings that come when fathers molest their daughters. Anger, shame, loneliness and guilt are all common among molestation victims.
At some point, it will be important to visit the idea of forgiveness. Not for the molesters sake, but your own. That is not to say this is easy or will happen quickly because chances are it will not, but when you can release the hatred and other emotions through forgiveness you will be free from their effects.
This is by no means a comprehensive list on overcoming when fathers molest their daughters. Each person may have other unique issues that came from the abuse that will need to be addressed. The good news is you can move forward from this terrible act and live a full and productive life!