Women Who Were Sexually Abused Research Proposal

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We are extremely close.

Amazing - I've found someone I can really trust. I feel really lucky at the moment because all my other relationships have been *****.

Too good. it's really hard to describe. Unreal! I guess I now can't live without him. it's too good. He's grown on me.

I think I need to clarify I'm still married. I feel that in a marriage there ought to be a sexual relationship but in the last four years, I have been unable to give that and nor do I desire resuming it with my husband.

Fairly close but since I broke up with my husband I find it difficult to trust somebody. He tells me I'm a lot closer to him than I realize. I find it difficult to relax and believe it's too good to be true. I'm always looking for something to be wrong.

Excellent. He's very understanding and we have a very easy going relationship.

It is an intimate relationship but it is casual. I tend more to protect my independence and control. (Hughes et al., 1998)

Hughes et al. (1998) reports that women felt their experiences of sexual abuse as children directly affect their decisions concerning:

with whom they associate (100%), their thinking (93%), what is believed (87%), what is worn (87%), going out at night (87%), type of self-care (80%), with whom they live (80%), what is read (80%), where they live (75%), types of entertainment (73%), type of health care (73%), future planning (67%), their level of education (67%), earning capacity (60%), how they travel (60%), what food is eaten (60%), and types of exercise taken (60%). (Hughes et al., 1998)

The work of Judith Worrell (nd) states that children who have experienced sexual abuse are prone to "cognitive distortions, involving low self-esteem, self-blame, guilt, shame and distrust of others..." Additionally stated by Worrell is that posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been associated with childhood sexual abuse in a number of studies." (Worrell, nd) Primary symptoms identified are inclusive of:

1) Nightmares;

2) Sudden intrusive sensory memories of the abuse;

3) Emotional distress upon being reminded of the abuse;

4) Repetitive play that involves themes or memories of the abuse;

5) Avoidance of thoughts, feelings and activities that otherwise might remind the child of his or her victimization;

6) Sleep disturbances, 7) Irritable mood;

8) Attention and concentration problems; and 9) Hypervigilance to the possibility of being abused again. (Worrell, nd)

Other problems noted in Worrell's work include the presence of sexual behavior problems.

SUMMARY & CONCLUSION

The effects of childhood sexual abuse are clearly of the nature that continue to effect these women on their lifespan however, for women who do seek and obtain assistance in the form of counseling and other psychological treatment, the impacts can be minimized and the chance for healing to occur does exist.

Bibliography

Mullen, Paul E. And Fleming, Jillian (1998) Long-term Effects of Child Sexual Abuse. Issues in Child Abuse Prevention. No. 9 Autumn 1998. Online available at http://www.aifs.gov.au/nch/pubs/issues/issues9/issues9.html

Hughes, Karen et al. (1998) the Health Impacts on Adult Women of Childhood Sexual Violence Before the Age of Twelve Years. Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse. A Report on Community Research. Online available at http://www.mincava.umn.edu/documents/report/report.html

Worrell, Judith (nd) Encyclopedia of Women and Gender - Sex Similarities and Differences and…

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Bibliography

Mullen, Paul E. And Fleming, Jillian (1998) Long-term Effects of Child Sexual Abuse. Issues in Child Abuse Prevention. No. 9 Autumn 1998. Online available at http://www.aifs.gov.au/nch/pubs/issues/issues9/issues9.html

Hughes, Karen et al. (1998) the Health Impacts on Adult Women of Childhood Sexual Violence Before the Age of Twelve Years. Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse. A Report on Community Research. Online available at http://www.mincava.umn.edu/documents/report/report.html

Worrell, Judith (nd) Encyclopedia of Women and Gender - Sex Similarities and Differences and the Impact of Society on Gender. Academic Press. Google Books online available at http://books.google.com/books?id=7SXhBdqejgYC&printsec=frontcover&dq=women+and+childhood+sexual+abuse:+self-esteem,+intimacy,+friendship+in+adulthood&source=gbs_summary_s&cad=0#PPP1,M1

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