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The hardest relationships to begin or maintain after sexual abuse or rape are the most intimate ones. It can be very difficult to navigate your way back to having sex or re-learning to be a sexual partner. Here’s what you need to know. Particularly after rape, women and men report feeling numb from the neck
Given the statistics, your child is more likely to be sexually violated than be hit by a car while crossing the street. Elementary aged children are the most vulnerable. Children with disabilities are even at a higher risk. As a mother, father, sister, grandparent, sibling, or friend, when we remain silent, we condone rape culture, the
Abuse presents itself in many forms and disguises, blurring the ability to identify it Abuse: The Masked Bandit “He apologized.” “He is only violent after drinking.” “He’s just passive-aggressive.” “No one understands him as I do.” “He tells our children that my opinions and behaviors are crazy.” “I was antagonizing him.” “He left me without
When childhood is disrupted by trauma, there is only the unbearable heaviness of remembering As I sat gazing out of my Flatiron office window, sipping my last drop of coffee, I began the process of emotionally unpacking and understanding the experience of my 4 year-old client. I recall how well emotionally masked she was on
One in 6 men have experienced nonconsensual abusive sexual experiences before age 18, and one in 71 men in the United States have been raped in their lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rape of males is a silent epidemic. Nevertheless, society as a whole, simply does not collectively acknowledge or
I visually view the aftermath of trauma as forming like a spider web. The traumatic event is the central source and spirals into a lattice or web where everything is connected to the center and each other. When something affects one area of the web, it affects the entire web. Using the spider web analogy,
Trauma is a glaring reminder of our own vulnerability and fragility as we navigate through life. The loss of control over one’s body, surroundings, or life can result in emotional numbing, withdrawal, feeling exposed, and powerless. Whether physical or emotional, trauma shatters and destroys our sense of security, making us feel helpless and vulnerable in