Children who have been victims of maltreatment can develop emotion regulation problems that affect many areas of their lives.
Some survivors of abuse can experience symptoms of posttraumatic stress, anxiety, and depression throughout life.
Unfortunately, for many the damage is such that many are unaware of how it has skewed their way of looking at the world.
Marina would often shiver uncontrollably – pulling her knees together to close herself off from him or clench the blankets and cry silently if he tried to kiss her lower than her ribs. At the same time, he also knew he couldn’t ignore something that was still hurting her.
Tim and Marina knew to make their relationship successful, they would have to work through the sexual trauma together.
Dating abuse or dating violence is defined as the perpetration or threat of an act of violence by at least one member of an unmarried couple on the other member within the context of dating or courtship.
It is also when one partner tries to maintain power and control over the other through abuse/violence.
This one act for some—repeated acts of violence for others—does untold amounts of damage to one’s psyche.