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Has anyone, particularly a guy, dated a woman, only to find out later that she was sexually abused by her father in her early to late teens?
If your loved one or partner was sexually abused or sexually assaulted, this page details some of the relationship challenges you may be facing, and some ways of responding.
Before discussing some of the ways sexual abuse can impact men and their relationships, it is important to acknowledge that couple relationships require time, effort and commitment – from both parties – to be successful.
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An unsettling number of Americans experience sexual violence each year — around 293,066, according to RAINN.
It is extremely jarring to hear that your partner has been a victim of sexual violence, but if they do choose to share what they've experienced, it is crucial that you respond in a validating and respectful way and educate yourself on how to be a supportive, sensitive partner.
They benefit from partners talking, sharing interests and working together to address difficulties as they arise.
A healthy relationship is therefore not about having no difficulties; it is about having the skills, time and energy to work things out and grow together.