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#435554 - 05/23/13 06:22 AM New here
Climb1975 Offline


Registered: 05/21/13
Posts: 21
Loc: Brit
My first post. I experienced CSA from the age of about 7 to 11 or 12 and have tried doing nothing about it. That stopped working when my wife discovered me trying to go on a date with someone half my age. She doesn't know the half of it...

I hate using something that happened years ago as an excuse for bad behaviour. But I find that I thinking about my childhood experiences more and more. I don't know why.

Like most people in my situation I suppose, I've never discussed what was done to me with other people. But I want to deal with it now as I have a beautiful family and I don't want to lose them.

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#435557 - 05/23/13 10:18 AM Re: New here [Re: Climb1975]
newground Offline
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Registered: 10/11/11
Posts: 753
Loc: michigan
hey climb
be assured that you are not alone. so many times the feelings,triggers, and more drive us to act in ways that are NOT healthy. Porn,acting out,drugs and drinking are not at all uncommon ways that survivors use to numb that ache inside. you are welcome here and I hope that you will make full use of the resources here not the least of which are your brother survivors. healing IS possible man through talk,therapy,tools for the journey. but it is not a pleasant hike. it is an incredible journey and a climb of inestimable strength. you have begun a new chapter here and I hope it proves helpful, I believe it will. feel free to pm me if I can help in any way or you will likely see me on chat should you go there
be well
Jeff


Edited by newground (05/23/13 10:18 AM)
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Towards thee I roll, thou all-destroying but unconquering whale; to the last I grapple with thee; from hell's heart I stab at thee; for hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee. let me then tow to pieces, while still chasing thee, thou damned whale! Thus, I give up the spear!"
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#435573 - 05/23/13 03:08 PM Re: New here [Re: Climb1975]
Farmer Boy Offline
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Registered: 08/23/12
Posts: 442
Loc: Australia
Climb

For a lot of us, we didn't start 'thinking' about this stuff until we were in our 30s. I think that is because we just weren't mature enough before that to deal with the abuse.

This is a good safe place to talk about what happened to us but take your time. It can be overwhelming at first. If you can it is a good idea to see a therapist. They can really help you understand how CSA affected your life and develop new healthy ways to cope.

I have done my share of bad behaviour and I have a beautiful family that I don't want to lose either. CSA (or trying to cope with the aftermath) may have driven us to that behaviour but we are adults now and need to take responsibilty for those actions.

Share as much or a little as you feel comfortable with.

Lee
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#435576 - 05/23/13 03:25 PM Re: New here [Re: Climb1975]
Climb1975 Offline


Registered: 05/21/13
Posts: 21
Loc: Brit
Lee, Jeff

thanks for your comments and support. I am at the stage of trying to get my head around a lot of different and slightly conflicting ideas and emotions. I have just started trying out therapy - something which my British and male cultural upbringing finds difficult.

Of course I agree that part of being a sucessful adult is to take responsibility and that's something I need to do.

In my case I made a couple of attempts to deal with the abuse I'd experienced, both of which went wrong and which affected my desire to do so again. When I was a teenager at my high school there was a therapist and I went for one session which was terrible - she started asking me for graphic descriptions of abuse and I basically ran away. On another occasion as a young adult I confided in a (long-term) girlfriend and she seemed obsessed with the impact the information would have on her, nearly ended the relationship etc. So I concluded that trying to talk about it wasn't really much help to me.

The other thing was when it actually was going on. The perpetrator was a friend of the family and when I tried to tell my parents at first they seemed more concerned that I was inconveniencing them and that it would cause embarrassment (NB: to a slightly upper-class British family, causing embarrassment is considered about the worst crime imagineable). Later on after I had spelled out as far as I could bear what was happening my parents expressed their disappointment that I'd not told them but never expressed any kind of regret that it had happened. To this day I find it hard to accept. Strangely, I consider myself to have had a privileged and happy childhood.

In life I have been very fortunate: I went to great schools, got top marks, got good jobs, have a "happy" family and live in a nice house. And yet I get almost no pleasure from what looks like a dream life and constantly engage in self-destructive behaviour. I don't really know why.

I realise that I need to develop a healthy life whereas I have so far focused on having a successful life, which has left me feeling empty, isolated and unsatisfied.

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#435590 - 05/23/13 06:04 PM Re: New here [Re: Climb1975]
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#435629 - 05/24/13 12:53 AM Re: New here [Re: Climb1975]
Jude Offline


Registered: 08/09/12
Posts: 1510
Loc: New England
Welcome Climb1975,

You are making a good start by posting some of your story here and trying out therapy again. You'll find that many of the things you've experienced and felt have been discussed within the MS community. You are not alone, so have no fear. What ever you need to get off your chest will be received without judgement or condemnation. We all "get it" here.

Jude
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I went back to the doctor
To get another shrink.
I sit and tell him about my weekend,
But he never betrays what he thinks.
Can you see the real me, doctor?.
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#435657 - 05/24/13 11:58 AM Re: New here [Re: Climb1975]
Climb1975 Offline


Registered: 05/21/13
Posts: 21
Loc: Brit
Not being alone is a totally new experience for me. Geoff, I think you are the first person ever to have expressed outrage about what happened. I know I have a long way to go to deal with some of the compulsions and I'm not ready to list them here but at least I don't feel so alone and so weird, messed-up, damaged etc. I might even be a normal person!

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#435662 - 05/24/13 03:17 PM Re: New here [Re: Climb1975]
victor-victim Offline


Registered: 09/27/03
Posts: 3327
Loc: O Kanada
my wife and children are the inspiration and motivation that keeps me grounded and focussed on the present future, and helps me forget my negative past. replacing it with new memories of my children's happy history.
you have all the reasons you need to face your feelings head on.
this website is a resource to guide you on the path of self discovery. you will find a piece of yourself in every other person here.
welcome to the place where survivors share.
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#435683 - 05/24/13 08:41 PM Re: New here [Re: Climb1975]
Shyshark Offline


Registered: 10/30/12
Posts: 412
Loc: Canada
Climb1975 ...

I'm glad you found us ...

You will find yourself among people here who needn't wait for you to finish a sentence ...
We know what you are trying to say.
That list of compulsions you feel uncomfortable talking about now ...
Will soon be a list you can't stop talking about ... because ...

You are not alone ...

You are a normal person!
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#435930 - 05/26/13 11:53 PM Re: New here [Re: Climb1975]
Dave PNW Offline


Registered: 04/03/13
Posts: 111
Loc: Pacific Northwest
Hey Climb 1975, I hope you find support and insights here to help you on your path. I found myself here too because I was going down a path that was leading me to pursue behaviors that could damage my relationships. I have a lot to work on, but I have found a lot of support. Hope you do to. Takes courage to admit we need help. I am a climber too. Hope you find a good route here. Wish you peace.

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