Dating victim of sexual abuse
Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.
After all, the horrific experience my wife (or any sexual abuse victim) went through is surely incomparably worse.
So if you feel that despite having a warm, fulfilling relationship otherwise, your partner - inexplicably - keeps avoiding intimacy with you, it could mean he/she has been hurt in the past.
The memory of the physical trauma that he/she went through as a child, a teen or a young man/woman is often enough to make any thoughts of intimacy abhorrent or scary to the rape victim, even after years have passed.
When your partner realizes there is no pressure on her to engage in intimacy, he/she will be able to better sort out his/her feelings with regard to her past hurt and the present relationship.
Abuse occurs in all types of relationships and among people with varying backgrounds of age, race, religion, financial status, sexual orientation and education.