• My life in sex: the male survivor of childhood abuse

    9 days ago - By The Guardian

    My sense of shame was overwhelming My abuser was another child, a male family member three years older, who targeted me between the ages of seven and 15. This early sexualisation made me confused about what was appropriate, and in my teens I was aggressive towards any girl who showed interest. I never physically harmed anyone but definitely made a few women uncomfortable. These failed encounters fed into my overwhelming sense of shame. It all became too much, and I began to self-harm, abusing drugs and alcohol any time I had sexual urges. I adopted a hyper-masculine persona, totally out of...
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