Survivors & Sexuality
Every living soul has the inclination towards sexual relationships, basically it’s each persons choice as to how to act on those feelings. One thing I have not found on the web is a great deal of information or tips on dealing with sexuality as an abuse survivor. I have seen the correlation between coming out as being a multiple to coming out as being gay or homosexual. I’m sometimes left to wonder about the correlation between abuse survivors and rape victims ‘becoming’ gay after the experiences. I do not claim to know or even understand the intricacies involved or even if that correlation exists. I have offline and online bisexual and homosexual friends. What I have been told is that sexuality is no more a choice than blue or brown eyes. more >>
Sexual Abuse Survivors and Sex
Many sexual abuse survivors struggle to have positive and enjoyable sex lives. It can be very hard to feel comfortable with and enjoy sex when you’ve been sexually abused. Even people who haven’t been sexually abused struggle to feel comfortable with their sexuality and sex. This article may be helpful to anyone who has issues with sexuality. more >>
Developing A Trigger Plan
Developing a trigger plan is like preparing for a trip. You usually choose your itinerary and gather your maps before you buy your plane ticket. Similarly, set up your trigger plan before you are in a sexual setting. You can develop this plan to use on your own, without necessarily letting your sexual partner in on it. more >>
Answers to Your Questions About Sexual Orientation and Homosexuality
Sexual orientation exists along a continuum that ranges from exclusive homosexuality to exclusive heterosexuality and includes various forms of bisexuality. Bisexual persons can experience sexual, emotional and affectional attraction to both their own sex and the opposite sex. Persons with a homosexual orientation are sometimes referred to as gay (both men and women) or as lesbian (women only). more >>
Sex-positive and daring, The Survivor’s Guide to Sex will support any woman’s pursuit of pleasure and confidence. In fact, its cheery outlook may startle those who have been addressing these issues in guarded terms with a therapist, or who haven’t put their fears and desires into words. Haines ably discusses common negative reactions among survivors, such as withdrawal and dissociation, and suggests ways to move on. Her chapters on “Sexual Response and Anatomy” and “Masturbation and Self-Healing” may come as a revelation to women who have repressed their sexual feelings, and partners, too, will find much of interest. Some survivors of abuse may not be ready, perhaps, for the advanced course in radical sex that Haines eventually launches into, but it is still good to learn that “a suede whip will give more of a thud that spreads sensation at first; it will give more sting as it collects body oils.”
The Sexual Healing Journey: A Guide for Survivors of Sexual Abuse
Considered a classic in its field, this comprehensive guide will help survivors of sexual abuse improve their relationships and discover the joys of sexual intimacy. Wendy Maltz takes survivors step-by-step through the recovery process using ground breaking exercises and techniques. Based on the author’s clinical work, interviews, and workshops, this guide is filled with first-person accounts of women and men at every stage of sexual healing.
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