Understanding Trauma & Violence


Why do I get aroused when I talk about my sexual abuse?


Thank you for this question. Experiencing arousal when discussing sexual abuse can be a confusing and distressing response, but it's important to understand that it's not an uncommon reaction for many survivors. This physical response doesn't imply consent or enjoyment, rather, it may be a result of the body's physiological reactions to stress and trauma.

Arousal can sometimes serve as a coping mechanism or a way for the body to dissociate from the traumatic memories. Remember, your body's reactions are involuntary and do not diminish the validity of your experience. Seeking support from a therapist or counselor who specializes in trauma can help you navigate these complex feelings and develop coping strategies tailored to your needs. You're not alone, and support is available to help you through this confusing time.

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