Some women are groomed into believing that we really want to have sex, when all we really want is the attention and affection of an admiring male. Other women may be abused in far more violent ways, such as having sex forced upon them without their consent, sometimes by a stranger, and sometimes by a trusted acquaintance. These experiences often wreak havoc in a person’s life and marriage relationship.
…With approximately one-third of women experiencing some sort of sexual abuse in their lifetime, it’s a question many of us wrestle with – How can we heal the scars of sexual abuse? Our bodies naturally heal from physical wounds given time, but how can we heal emotional wounds? Although we may have experienced physical pain, sexual abuse is ultimately an offensive attack on our dignity, self-esteem, and sense of sexuality. And what effects do such abuses have on our lives? The most common symptoms of sexual abuse are: