15. She was forced to learn hard lessons early.
Traumatic feelings that result from sexual assault or abuse can leave a young girl with conflicting feelings about sexuality and womanhood. These feelings are not her fault, but there is a chance she could express her confusion by being sexually aggressive or promiscuous, since she feels her innocence was stolen from her. Encourage her to be confident and show her healthy ways to love and care for herself and others.
Toya Sharee is a program associate for a Philadelphia non-profit that focuses on parenting education and building healthy relationships between parents, children and co-parents. She also has a passion for helping young women build their self-esteem and make well-informed choices about their sexual health. She advocates for women’s reproductive rights and blogs about everything from beauty to love and relationships. Follow her on Twitter @TheTrueTSharee or visit her blog BulletsandBlessings.