There is no question that traumatic sexualization occurs often leading to promiscuity

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There is no question that traumatic sexualization occurs often leading to promiscuity, in essence because their boundaries have been crossed there is no discernment, especially if the abuse did not hurt but was pleasurable.When prematurely exposed to sexuality, it can create an unhealthy focus on sex. An important issue that is related to displaying inappropriate sexual behaviors is involves sexual arousal. Sexual abuse is not always violent, especially when it is just fondling it can be pleasurable. Thiscreates a complicated response pattern from a child. A normal, healthy sexual response becomes linked with shame due to the inappropriateness of the person that led to the response, especially as a child comes to understand as they age. This is one of the ways that traumatic sexualization can occur. As a child becomes a teen or an adult they seek that pleasurable feeling but intimacy scares them so they move from person to person unaware that this behavior is connected to their abuse. Although there is controversy on this subject, sexual abuse is regularly seen in the history of people who relate to the recovery model of sexual addiction (Carnes, 2001). I am attaching a presentation by Patrick Carnes (2008) that provides some brief information about sexual addiction. It is a good area to have some knowledge about when working with sexual abuse survivors, especially because of the increased

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