TRAUMATIC SEXUALIZATION

Published February 11, 2017 by Nan Mykel

“Sexual abuse experiences, particularly at the hands of close relatives, almost invariably disrupt the developmental sequences that characterize normal psychosexual maturation. Once these experiences occur, they are reclaimed as body memories even if (in some cases) details of the abuse  are unavailable to the victim’s conscious memory (Maddock and Larson, 1995)

Eroticizing –  The most insidious, lingering and destructive effect of the incest was its impact on my developing sexuality.  I suspect that this is true for other survivors.

According to Finkelhor (1986, 181) traumatic sexualization  refers to “a process in which a child’s sexuality (including both sexual feelings and sexual attitudes) is shaped in a developmentally inappropriate and interpersonally dysfunctional fashion as a result of the sexual abuse.” Experiences in which the offender makes an effort to evoke a sexual response from the child, for example, would be more sexualizing than those in which an offender simply uses a passive child to masturbate with (182).

From FALLOUT: A Survivor Talks to Incest Offenders (and Others) by moi

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