The Effects Of Childhood Sexual Abuse On Adults Sexual Behavior

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The impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse on Adults Sexual Behavior

Jamila Kamara
Dr. Lauren Vansluytman
Morgan State University

Sexual abuse leaves many scars, creating feelings of guilt, anger, and fear that haunt survivors throughout their lives. These traumatic experiences can be detrimental to the victims’ sense of their own sexuality. Numerous individuals who have been abused have trouble pursuing adult relationships and engaging in sex as an adult. The abuse can color a person 's sexuality, preventing the survivor from pursuing a healthy sex life with a caring partner. Sexual abuse is defined as unwanted sexual activity, with perpetrators using force, making threats or taking advantage of victims not able to give consent (Corcoran & Walsh, 2006). An immediate reaction to individuals who have been sexually abused include shock, fear or disbelief. Long-term symptoms include anxiety, fear or post-traumatic stress disorder (Corcoran & Walsh, 2006).
In general, childhood sexual abuse survivors tend to either pursue sex recklessly as adults or to forgo sex completely (Thompson, 2015). Adult survivors of child sexual abuse tend to have trouble with intimacy and relationships. Their first encounter with sex may have been as a result of being sexually abused. Many survivors experience flashbacks or painful memories while engaging in sexual activity, even though it is consensual and on their own terms. Survivors may also struggle to set boundaries that…
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