Read more about how solutions can become problems on the page Dealing with the effects of childhood sexual abuse.
For a long time, until I could talk about it all and find some other ways of getting by, I just tried whatever was available.
Whilst relationships can be a place where difficulties with trust, intimacy and sex can appear, they also provide an opportunity for issues to be worked through and resolved.
There is no prescribed way that an experience of sexual abuse will impact on a man or on his relationships. A man will often try to find his own way to deal with the experience of sexual abuse, and will work hard to limit its impact on his life and relationships.
Although hearing that a man has been sexually abused is distressing, sometimes this information can help a partner make sense of some of the behaviours they have been observing.
Before discussing some of the ways sexual abuse can impact men and their relationships, it is important to acknowledge that relationships require time, effort and commitment – from both parties – to be successful.
A relationship can be a place of intense joy and pleasure, and at times can produce considerable heartache and distress.