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#357340 - 03/22/11 12:21 PM Re: confused and searching for answers [Re: dave999]
tristanfree Offline


Registered: 03/22/11
Posts: 3
Dave---You just described my life. Wow. Very similar experience. The only difference is I opted to avoid marriage, as it never felt safe for me to be intimate with any woman. Just last year I recovered my repressed memories of sexual abuse by my mother, a few months after her death (which I now understand was the triggering event for my memories to return). I have long struggled with sexual identity issues--feeling drawn to men at times but knowing deep down that I am not gay. Now, at last, it's all beginning to make sense.

Just wanted to let you know you're not alone in your experience, or in having to deal with the effects.

Tristan

p.s.--I'm now in therapy, and doing EMDR (to help get past my PTSD issues related to feminine affection), and practicing engaging with men in various situations as "one of them" rather than seeing myself as an alien in their midst. I have a long way to go yet, but I can tell it's working.


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#360043 - 04/17/11 10:53 PM Re: Open for business [Re: FEELNLOWBRO]
Sterling Offline


Registered: 10/25/08
Posts: 284
Loc: Winnipeg, Manitoba,Canada
I HATE GOING IN THE SHOWER! I JUST DO! MY CATALYST , IN
MOVING TO THE CITY IN WHICH I LIVE SAID TO ME IN REGARDING
ABOUT SHOWERING WITH OTHER MEN " BUT THE CONFIDENCE".
YEAH, WHAT CONFIDENCE? IT HAS BEEN OVER 12 YEARS AND I FEEL
SO SHAMEFUL. EVERY GUY HAS A NORMAL YOU KNOW WHAT, AND I WELL
DON'T! I ALWAYS FELT SO INADEQUATE. WORRIED IF PEOPLE WOULD
LAUGH AT ME. SORRY, I AM GOIN ALL OUT HERE.
ANYWAY, THANKS FOR ALLOWING ME TO FEEL MY FEELINGS!
STERLING


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#360044 - 04/17/11 11:03 PM Re: Open for business [Re: Sterling]
Sterling Offline


Registered: 10/25/08
Posts: 284
Loc: Winnipeg, Manitoba,Canada
ALL MY LIFE I WANTED TO BE A BOY! I AM 36 NOW , AND
HAVE NEVER FELT UP A GIRL! I ALWAYS WAS SCARED OF
A WOMAN. I WAS ALWAYS OBSSESED WITH MEN AND CONFUSED
" WHO AM I, AM I QUEER"?
I WAS TERRIFED IN HIGH SCHOOL. I HATED THE BOYS
CHANGE ROOM. I WAS ADDICTED TO THINKING SICK
STUFF. I NEVER FELT I COULD TALK TO ANYONE.
WHERE WAS MY DAD? WHAT A MORON, HE WAS!
I HAVE A FRIEND NOW. UNFORTANETLY HE HAS SOME
CHALLENGES WHEN IT COMES TO INTIMACY WITH FEMALES
AS WELL! WHY DO WE HAVE TO ENDURE THIS CRAP?
I DON'T LIKE ME . I WISH I NEVER KNEW MY DAD'S
FAMILY. I ONLY SCRIBE . I AM TAKING ADULT ENGLISH
AT THE MOMENT, I DUNNO MAYBE HOPING I CAN WRITE
SOMETHING SOME-DAY. I LOVE PEOPLE! ESPECIALLY
WHEN THEY ARE GOOD WITH KIDS AND GENUINE. MY
MOM BEAT ME. MY SIBLING AND MY DAD'S NEICES
TAUNTED ME, WHILE GROWING UP. I DIDN'T KNOW
WHO TO TRUST,WHERE TO GO? THE SHOWER? I HAVE
HAD SOME UNCOMFORTABLE LOOKS. SOMETIMES I
WISH I WOULD HAVE KILLED MY DAD. HE IS OKAY!
HE IS DOWNSTAIRS WATHCING NEWS; LIKE HE DID
ALL MY LIFE! I WAS SCARED OF HIM AND HIS
BROTHER ALL MY LIFE DEVELOPING SCHIZOAFFECTIVE
DISORDER. THEY ARE ALL FREAKS! THAT IS WHY
I CALL WHO MY FAMILY, A COUPLE OF PEOPLE
HERE IN THIS PLACE WHERE I LIVE AND MY THERAPIST
WHO DOESN'T LIVE HERE. ( WE CONDUCT THERAPY OVER
THE PHONE). WELL, OFF MY CHEST.
THANKYOU!
STERLING


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#360176 - 04/19/11 09:41 AM Re: Open for business [Re: Sterling]
Mountainous Buck Offline
Member
MaleSurvivor

Registered: 12/15/09
Posts: 1626
Loc: Minnesota
Welcome Sterling!

I am sorry you had a messed-up childhood.

Now that you are older, you can do better for yourself. I see that in what you shared, that you have a strong desire to improve.

This is the place that can start to happen. we all have problems that come from being abused. We are learning to work through those problems and make life better day by day.

Jamie

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We have to take responsibility for what we're not responsible for.

It doesn't matter where you've come from,
It matters where you go" Frank Turner

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#360214 - 04/19/11 02:57 PM Re: Open for business [Re: Ken Singer, LCSW]
Liam Offline
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Registered: 09/03/03
Posts: 41
Loc: Currently South Africa
As a boy growing up - being sexually molested by a man - twelfe years older than i were at the time - i developed some deep emotional bonds with my abuser. The abuse stretched over about 8 years and much happened in that time. Some i remember to place and smell and age and some i still cannot recall. I have been told by my therapist that i struggle with sexual trauma and this is still rooted in my childhood sexual abuse as well. At times i am glad i dont remember it all but it seems to affect me still. I am also sexually confused. Since i developed some intense emotions and feelings for my molester i grew up imagining us settling down. I dreamed that we would buy a house - settle in and live happily ever after. At the age of eight i told him how much i loved him and made him cards etc. He played his role so well. At times to well. He were'nt all abusive and he did not physically abuse me until he raped me at age 11. Before that i lived in a very confused idillic state and after the rape all hell broke loose. Mostly from inside me and the moment i were close to thirteen he moved on to someone else. In fact years later i found out that he moved on from his own brother - who were adopted and four years older than i were to me. So long story short. I still dream that he rapes me. Not all the time but it still happens. I still suffer from nightmares as well. In my dreams he is like a boogyman and nothing is left of the tender man i once knew as a kid. The other thing that bothers me is that i still dream that i have sexu with men. At times in my dreams i want and desire it and at other times i am being raped and it feels like hell. In the latter i have hardly any control and i cant wait to wake up for i bite my cheeks and grind down my teeth. Yes i am sleeping with a mouthguard now but much damage has been done. So in my dreams i am above average a gay man - or so i understand. I am sexually confused as well lean much towards gay but then again i have very few dreams since i were a boy where i would make love to a women. I do have those and yes i do enjoy them as well but they are much fewer than the gay ones and by far outnumbered. My whole life since i can remember i have sex or sexual contact with men in my dreams and only in my teens did the idea of women enter the scene. This off course still causes me much guilt for i have been engaged before to a women and i would still dream at night that i were with a man or being raped by a man. So i did a bunch of stupid things in the past and even hurt myself much but with therapy i really am stepping forward in many areas of my life. I also dont blame myself for my dreams or my penis attractions anymore but do want to know if i will have this confusion till the day i die. Will i still suffer these dreams? Is this even something one can move away from? Would love to know.


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#360223 - 04/19/11 05:17 PM Re: Open for business [Re: Liam]
wayne9 Offline
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Registered: 05/14/08
Posts: 161
Loc: alabama
Liam, I am sorry for what you have been and are going through. We all here at MS have very different stories but are all connected to CSA. Something you said that you are having problems with.....biting your cheeks and grinding your teeth. For years I have had a problem with my lower lip. It seemed to never get well. Always looked like I had a fever blister either starting or maybe just now getting better. I was always self-concuss about it, thought people was always looking at it wondering what it was. Just lately I started waking up bleeding from my lip most every morning. Come to find out the problem is me biting my lip in my sleep. Its been happening for years. Just gotten worse lately. After reading what you said it makes me wonder is it possible I am having bad dreams and don't recall them. Anyone ever heard if this is possible?

Tim


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#360405 - 04/21/11 07:04 PM Re: Open for business [Re: wayne9]
Liam Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 09/03/03
Posts: 41
Loc: Currently South Africa
I think it is possible. For years growing up i did it and i did not always have nightmares to accompany them. Or maybe like you said - we cant recall them.


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#363954 - 06/10/11 01:11 PM Re: Open for business [Re: bmac]
lee55 Offline


Registered: 01/12/11
Posts: 13
Loc: midwest
constantly fight these thoughts and desires. wish i knew why. wonder if i was somewhat feminized when abused by older cousin.
was made to feel appreciated by what he had me do at age 7. these thoughts cause much guilt in marriage. Have never acted on this but do enjoy chatting with others on line



Edited by lee55 (08/06/11 04:07 PM)

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#371485 - 10/02/11 02:51 AM Re: Open for business [Re: lee55]
mpm01 Offline


Registered: 09/27/11
Posts: 85
Loc: Australia
I have removed this post as being possibly not apropriate (sorry)


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#371500 - 10/02/11 10:37 AM Re: Open for business [Re: mpm01]
Ken Singer, LCSW Offline
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Registered: 08/24/00
Posts: 5780
Loc: Lambertville, NJ USA
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Edited by Ken Singer, LCSW (10/03/11 08:42 AM)

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