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Sexual Abuse, What Should I do Now?

I was sexually abused when I was a child, 2-4 years old, and when I was a teenager. I don't actually remember the occurrences when I was younger, but I knew and did things no child my age should. I believe I blocked out those memories because they were so traumatic. When I was a teenager, my father would touch me and kiss me. I was afraid to tell him to stop because I didn't know what he would do. It went on from age 16 to age 19, when I finally moved out. It's been three years since it stopped and I'm just now telling people. I confronted my father several days ago and told him that I did not want him around, especially since I have a 1 year old daughter now. I was just wanting to know what I should do now? Should I get help? Therapy to help to come to terms with what happened? I've also battled depression for years, and possible Bipolar Disorder, and wondered if the abuse might have caused it.

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