Sexual Trauma

Other terms: sexual abuse, molestation, incest, rape

 

Sexual trauma, such as rape or other sexual abuse, can cause a wide range of sexual problems, such as:  difficulty reaching orgasm, lack of interest in sex, and fear of intimacy or being touched.  Research indicates that about 12% of girls and 5% of boys were sexually abused as children.

 

Since sexual abuse is devoid of trust, safety, respect and consent, victimized children are deprived the opportunity to have an initial positive sexual experience, or explore their sexuality at their own pace.  Instead, sex will be associated with mistrust, fear, lack of control and violation.  While having sex with their partners, survivors may have flashbacks of images, sounds or feelings that remind them of the abuse, shutting down their pleasurable feelings.  Even survivors who cannot remember the abuse (as a self-protection defense) will experience fear of sexual contact or have negative reactions during sex they can’t explain.

 

It is possible for abuse survivors to learn to feel safe and have healthy, pleasurable sexual experiences.  Psychotherapy can help trauma survivors express their anger and grief, overcome their fears, resolve feelings towards the offender, and develop trust.

 

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Carol Boulware, MFT, Ph.D.
Licensed Marriage, Family Therapist – #MFT11632
ABS Certified Sex Therapist #1466
Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress
EMDR Certified Therapist – EMDRIA Approved Consultant
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
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Los Angeles, California 90401
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