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#45708 - 04/06/04 06:47 PM Re: Kissing (Possible Triggers)
crisispoint Offline
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Registered: 09/24/03
Posts: 2154
Loc: Massachusetts
Well, this is difficult.

I've been kissed, and it was a wonderful thing because it was by a person I was very fond of. The relationship ended, but that kiss, well, it was one to build memories on!

But I understand the other side too. I've been kissed by people who I didn't want to, but thought I should. I've been FORCED to kiss someone and tell them I loved them (as an adult, while a gun was being aimed at me!), I was kissed, deeply and sexually, as a child.

Sometimes, when it's with someone I care about, it's truly wonderful, whether it's the chaste friendship/pure love kind, or the sexual variety. I like it all. But I also have the images and tastes that go with the truly disgusting things, so kissing can also be a fearsome thing.

Arch, you feel what you feel. It will get to be normal again. You're not alone in being freaked out by it. What with what you've been through, it's no small wonder that you are!

But you'll get better. I know you will.

Quick note to JTT: Well, it could be the SA talking, I don't know. It would depend (in my opinion) on the circumstances of your abuse. And, I imagine, the circumstance of your mom's kiss. I certainly don't think a peck on the lips is sexual, but I don't know your siutation. Are you in therapy right now? This might be something to talk over if you are.

Peace and love to you all,

Scot

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#45709 - 04/10/04 03:00 AM Re: Kissing (Possible Triggers)
one_day_at_a_time Offline
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Registered: 01/03/03
Posts: 42
Loc: North Carolina
Dear Brothers,
I can really relate to this intimacy problem. I know that when I first had sex, I wanted to do it so bad. Then when it was over, I felt really dirty. I didnt understand why. I had enjoyed it and loved it, but I felt so strange afterwards and I didnt know why. I didnt want to lie there with my girl, it felt so unbelievably uncomfortable and I wanted to just get up and put my clothes on. I cannot stand to be intimate after sex it makes me feel so violated for some reason (prob the SA I KNOW). This reaction really caused me to question my sexual identity even more than before. Because I thought maybe I felt this way because I was gay and didnt like girls. But I kept having sex anyway. It still plagues me today. That feeling after sex, but I know that it is more because of my abuse than my sexual identity. I hope and pray that with time ( the girl i am with now is amazing and she is truly the first person I have opened to in a long time, unlike the first person I had sex with) She and I are waiting to have sex and I hope that it will be a beautiful and unshameful thing when it finally happens
God Bless Brothers
One Day

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#45710 - 04/11/04 04:59 PM Re: Kissing (Possible Triggers)
Donald D'Haene Offline
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Registered: 04/11/04
Posts: 68
Loc: London
What a honest and important discussion.
It is, of course, not surprising that how we were abused has everything to do with our issues regarding intimacy.
Because kissing was not involved in my abuse (even though it went on for 11 years), that is one form of intimacy that I find extremely erotic.
I hate being touched from behind by anyone, male or female. This after 20 years, off and on, of excellent therapy. I consider this just one of the things I must live with. I don't blame myself or feel guilty - I just am very aware of my boundaries.
Triggers for flashbacks for me are sounds, voices, smells, or a very unusual question. I've publicly written and spoke about me abuse for 20 years - only the oddest of questions from reporters or other survivors triggers memories that are like movies that play in my mind. I'm not connected to them emotionally.
I've written a book on my story, Father's Touch
http://www.fatherstouch.com

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#45711 - 02/19/05 09:46 AM Re: Kissing (Possible Triggers)
Logan Offline
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Registered: 04/05/03
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Loc: NY
I'm replying to this topic so that is back in the spot light.
I think it is really an important topic

i was once not to long ago, maybe 2 years ago, faced with the same dilema. I was makin out with this chick and we started kissing and stuff and i got the most disusting sensation and taste i couldn't put my finger on why but it felt like i was kissing him. I stop it and told the girl that i had an apointment somewhere (lie) and that i had to leave

-Logan

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#45712 - 02/19/05 09:48 AM Re: Kissing (Possible Triggers)
Logan Offline
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Registered: 04/05/03
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Loc: NY
shit i meant to say "could not pick my finger on in THEN"

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#45713 - 02/19/05 03:51 PM Re: Kissing (Possible Triggers)
dwf Offline
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Registered: 05/24/03
Posts: 1223
Loc: Austin, Texas USA
I love kissing. And hugging and holding hands.

It's all pretty wonderful stuff as long as it remains in appropriate situations.

In fact it's something that I miss in my life when I spend long periods alone without any intimate contact.

I have a friend who expressed it once very well for me, when he remarked that many times he had engaged in sex with other men just to get the feeling of closeness and intimacy he craved. The same is very true for me.

Over the last several years, mainly by practicing, I have gotten so much better at refusing to participate in any sort of physical contact that doens not feel 'right' to me.

I recently dated a guy and told him before we went out that I don't like to have any 'French' kissing with casual dates. To me that seems like a part of or prelude to lovemaking. And I told him, "I don't want to kiss your tongue, just your lips for now." He was a little taken aback, but managed to respect my boundaries.

For me, I think it is the lack of choice, the memory of being coerced or forced into physical contacts that is triggered and associated with the actual body to body contact.

When I am able to remember that I am an adult now, that I am able to have to power to choose then that feeling of coercion or powerlessness to resist seems to go away.

In my life I associate with many people who for various reasons have found it useful to establish boundaries involving physical contact.

Together, we ask if we may give a hug, or a peck on the cheek or to grab and squeeze someone's hand. Just being asked and being able to say yes or no, makes a huge difference.

My experience is that other people are very unaware of personal boundaries--many assume that whatever works for them is good for others.

Rather than run away freaked out or resentful at what I felt was inappropriate of triggering, I can simply state my feelings and ask for that boundary to be respected.

That gives me such a much better feeling of a controlled situation instead of the chaos and tumult that often accompanied such experiences in the past.

Try asking for what you want. Try telling others what is not appropriate for you. Most people are receptive. Very few of us are very good mind readers.

Thanks,

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#45714 - 02/19/05 09:33 PM Re: Kissing (Possible Triggers)
Bill_1965 Offline
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Registered: 06/29/03
Posts: 1983
Loc: Flint, Michigan
Holding hands, cuddling, and kissing are things I enjoy very much with a woman. In fact, most times I prefer cuddling to sex.

One of my perps was always trying to kiss me. I was always able to avoid it by turning away. With no offense meant to our gay brothers, the sight of and even the idea of two men kissing makes me ill beyond belief. Seeing two men hold hands and hug do not. Even the idea of them making love does not bother me at all. Two people in love is a wonderful thing regardless of their sex. The thought of two men kissing always makes me think of him trying to kiss me. I'd rather be penetrated than kiss a guy.

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#45715 - 02/19/05 09:57 PM Re: Kissing (Possible Triggers)
reality2k4 Offline
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Registered: 07/06/04
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Loc: Stuck between water, air, and ...
Dan, it is sad when simple things like kissing can fester emotions, even in a close relationship.

I remember being physically sick at just the thought of sex. UGH!

It took a long time to get over that one.
I am getting a little better at being touched, but if a man touches me sexually then beware, yet I can take all the hugs off my lifelong buddies, and give them back too.

take care,

ste

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#45716 - 02/23/05 09:30 PM Re: Kissing (Possible Triggers)
survive75 Offline
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Registered: 09/27/03
Posts: 304
Loc: Massachusetts
This is truly an amazing place. I mean, is there anywhere else that a topic like this could be discussed and understood by other people?

I have had extreme stress reactions to being kissed in sexual situations. It is not that I don't enjoy kissing women... just not in connection with sex. For me, sex is sex and love is not part of it at all. I escape into my head during sex and kissing brings me back into my body which is most definately where I don't want to be.

It is so strange that this kind of fear of intimacy has different beginnings (ie some people were kissed by abusers and I was not) but the aversion is the same.

I haven't yet reconciled my issues with sex and am often at risk for flashback, anger, panic, etc. especially when kissing or gentleness is introduced during sex. I don't know... I think I only know sexual arousal in relation to violence and it brings up feelings of not being normal, or disgust with my self, etc. when I have to confront certain types of intimacy.

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