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#406773 - 08/14/12 06:16 AM Three Hours Ago I Told My Wife
Alden Offline


Registered: 08/14/12
Posts: 7
Loc: Ohio
Three hours ago I told my wife of ten years there is a real and distinct possiblility I am gay.

I have kept it buried almost as long as I locked away my CSA. I am not even sure what to call what happened to me. I have been trying on different words like incident and abuse, but they don't fit. CSA seems as good as any.

When I was 11 years old, my best friend in the world, who I had known since the begininng, took away my will to live. He hurt me, he humiliated me, and when he got off, he spit on me.

I can no longer keep this inside, and looking back I now see how bad a job I did trying to make it go away. Drugs and alcohol only worked to cover up the shame, disgust, self loathing, and anger for a short period of time. It just came back stronger.

Finding this site and reading the stories of others has made me to no longer feel alone. Talking about my experience in therapy, has helped, but most of all, having a wife, who has put up with my shit for so long, and who is understanding and non judgmental is unbelievable.

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#406786 - 08/14/12 09:29 AM Re: Three Hours Ago I Told My Wife [Re: Alden]
MarkK Offline
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Registered: 04/02/07
Posts: 2502
Loc: Denver, CO
Alden,

First - congradulations on having the courage to tell your wife. You didn't post her reaction, but I know what my wife's has been.

I am sorry for your pain, but I cheer your resolve do deal with it all, even facing some facts that may feel like they're going to flip your world upside down.
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https://1in6.org/men/bristlecone/mark-krueger/

Kirkridge - October 2008
Alta - September 2012
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#406797 - 08/14/12 12:16 PM Re: Three Hours Ago I Told My Wife [Re: Alden]
SamV Offline
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Registered: 12/13/09
Posts: 5925
Loc: Talladega, Alabama, USA
Alden,

As Mark commented, congratulations on disclosing the turmoil inside you! You did not mention if you told her about the sexual abuse, did you? Disclosure helps a supporter know that there is a struggle, and that there is a place for them in that battle.

There is a condition among CSA survivors known as Same Sex Attraction, or SSA. Some have concluded it is very much apart of their life and other's conclude it is something that needs therapy to explore and come to a conclusion. You will journey through this process, Alden. Meanwhile, know that whatever happens, you will survive.

Please keep sharing, posting and recovering. Oh.., and get some sleep.

Sam
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My SENSITIVE Difference

"Lets talk about that."

Go Get A Hug: HUG>porn

*When provoked* "Anyone holding back his sayings is possessed of knowledge. (Proverbs 17:27)"

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#406878 - 08/15/12 07:53 AM Re: Three Hours Ago I Told My Wife [Re: Alden]
Alden Offline


Registered: 08/14/12
Posts: 7
Loc: Ohio
Thank you both Mark and Sam. I did tell her about my abuse, and that's why I am in therapy now. It came to an ultimatum. Either I get help or our marriage was over. Her therapist became the first person other than my wife that I told. The therapist led me to this site, and to the therapist I now see.

My wife has been posting on this forum as well, though I am not sure if it is appropriate for me to share her screen name publicly.

She has been unbelievably supportive, the opposite of what I thought would happen.


Oh, and I slept like a baby last night.

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#406879 - 08/15/12 08:06 AM Re: Three Hours Ago I Told My Wife [Re: Alden]
SamV Offline
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Registered: 12/13/09
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Hooray Alden! I celebrate your disclosure and the work you have done to demand answers. I am confident you will find the "you" interrupted. I know you will find the strength to rebuild.

We welcome you and your supporter here to heal. Good news about the rest, fellow survivor.

Have you posted in the Sexual Identity Issues forum ? This forum supports SSA and OSA issues, as the forum description states
Quote:
It might be about confused feelings of sexuality (am I straight, bi, gay?), or sexual behaviors that are confusing.


Sam

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My SENSITIVE Difference

"Lets talk about that."

Go Get A Hug: HUG>porn

*When provoked* "Anyone holding back his sayings is possessed of knowledge. (Proverbs 17:27)"

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#406881 - 08/15/12 08:53 AM Re: Three Hours Ago I Told My Wife [Re: Alden]
KMCINVA Offline
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Registered: 08/31/11
Posts: 1433
alden

welcome--you have taken a major step forward in healing. You are blessed to have a supportive wife who is also taking care of herself. Truly a fine woman she must be.

Heal well

Kevin

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#406889 - 08/15/12 10:54 AM Re: Three Hours Ago I Told My Wife [Re: Alden]
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Registered: 05/16/12
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Edited by bodyguard8367 (02/26/14 07:49 PM)
Edit Reason: SILENCED

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#407047 - 08/17/12 12:30 AM " [Re: Alden]
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Registered: 02/16/12
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Edited by lbcali1978 (04/25/13 02:07 AM)
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They said

Come home

I said

I'm confused and alone

They said

We understand

I found out they don't

I'll walk the path exactly how I've always done it

Alone

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#407210 - 08/19/12 08:50 AM Re: Three Hours Ago I Told My Wife [Re: Alden]
lapchinj Offline
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Registered: 06/07/11
Posts: 1126
Loc: New York
Peace,Rainbows & Healing


Edited by lapchinj (03/16/13 05:01 PM)
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Depression Feels Like Home, and Happiness is Just a Place You Visit

It will get better....

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#407233 - 08/19/12 04:25 PM Re: Three Hours Ago I Told My Wife [Re: lapchinj]
Alden Offline


Registered: 08/14/12
Posts: 7
Loc: Ohio
Jeff, I didn't really want to tell her. It just sort of came out. I'm glad I did, and she has been supportive, but our marriage is different now. We're closer than we have ever been, but there is also a distance between us. We are best friends, and more like roommates than a married couple.

She is pushing me to explore my sexuality, and has given me permission to find a man. I thought that was what I wanted, but it's weird now for me feeling like I have to act on it. The hardest part is feeling like my marriage is over. I miss what our life used to be like.

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