Sexual assault survivor explains the damage caused by childhood sex abuse

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Children and adult survivors of sexual assault are often emotionally, physically and psychologically scarred following the trauma.

Survivors, especially those who were assaulted at a young age, grapple with the emotional fallout for the rest of their lives, says one survivor and former WNKY News anchor, Victoria Moghaddami.

“It has played a role in my life, and it still does. I mean it’s something that I have to be mindful of because I think one of the things that I struggle with, as a 31-year-old, is that I want to be in control of everything,” said Moghaddami.

When Moghaddami was only six years old, she was a victim of sexual abuse.

She was threatened and told if she disclosed her abuse, she would be in trouble, so for a while, she didn’t tell anyone.

“You know what is happening to you isn’t right but you can’t quite comprehend it because kids at that age shouldn’t be knowing what sex is or about what sexual abuse is,” said Moghaddami.

She said she thought it was her fault.

She was full of anger and hurt.

Changes happened in her life in the way she interacted with others as a result.

“My teacher started noticing that I went from being the class clown that couldn’t shut up and sit down to reserved and in the corner and didn’t want to talk to anyone,” said Moghaddami.

According to Moghaddami, sometimes people think children are too young to know what is happening, but she says she knew she was being hurt.

Moghaddami’s abuser was never caught.