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Sexuality is defined in many ways, for the sake of this papers clarity sexuality will be defined as, sexual feelings and interactions that are defining features of romantic intimacy. (Fering 2009) Child sexual abuse (CSA) is defined in the International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences as "any [sexual] action that is inflicted upon or must be tolerated by a child against their own will or any [sexual] action about which the child cannot make a decision due to their physical, emotional, mental, and verbal inferiority." Statistics for the prevalence of CSA range from anywhere from 15 to 25 percent of women to 5 to 10 percent of men according to Deegener. (2002) However, these percentages are based on retrospective…show more content…
Cassie was raped by her father three times a week from the age of 5 to the age of 7. While she was not aware of the abuse until she was 48 it still affected her marriage by causing her to become sexually aggressive in the form of promiscuously cheating on her husband. (Levenkron 2007) The level of abuse in this case was severe because of the occurrence of penetration by the biological father, which is considered the most severe form of CSA regardless of the use of force. (Lemieux 2008) "CSA involving sexual penetration or attempted sexual penetration was associated with more negative and less positive sexual functioning across a broad range of domains including...more frequent casual sex, more frequent unprotected sex, periods of sexual withdrawal, fewer sexual rewards, higher sexual costs and lower sexual self-esteem." (Noll 2003 pg. 138) CSA has very adverse impacts on devolving healthy intimate romantic relationships. Some victims of CSA decide to abstain from sexual activity altogether (Noll 2003) or feel a low sexual drive or feel guilt when aroused (Levenkron 2007) “CSA survivors have more

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