We must understand that those who experience abuse as children, and particularly those who experience incest, almost invariably suffer from a profound sense of guilt and shame that is not meliorated merely by unearthing memories or focusing on the content of traumatic material. It is not enough to just remember. Nor is achieving a sense of wholeness and peace necessarily accomplished by either placing blame on others or by forgiving those we perceive as having wronged us. It is achieved through understanding, acceptance, and reinvention of the self.
― Cameron West, First Person Plural: My Life as a Multiple
A survivor speaks about how his life as an adult has been affected, dissociation, and his fear of confronting his family. Not many graphic details. This may be triggering.
Very triggering. Photographs of male survivors of sexual assault holding a poster with their attacker’s words on it.
- Forgetting the horrors of the past: repressed memories (traumadissociation.wordpress.com)
- 1 in 6.org
- Male Abuse Awareness Week 2013 (traumadissociation.wordpress.com)
- Defining Rape and Sexual Assault (traumatherapy.typepad.com)
- The Abused Inner Child (boundariesofthesoul.com)
- It happens to men too… (survivorstothrivers.com)
- The Shame Is Not Yours. (astoryoflight.com) – child abuse and crime/criminal behavior
- Sibling Abuse Survivor…Standing up (siblingbullies.com)
- An open letter to Natasha Stott Despoja (avoiceformen.com) – domestic violence acts on men