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Can sexual abuse be forgotten?
#1
Is it possible to "forget" sexual abuse that happened in early childhood? I've been struggling with a lot of psychological issues throughout my life. I'm now 29 years old. I always felt like my father never really loved me that much. When I was a young child I used to get in trouble in school for exposing myself to other kids and drawing X-rated pictures and I had to live with that shame for a long time. In my teen years I tried to understand why I did those things but then I read that children act out when they are being sexually abused. I don't "remember" being abused that way but I used to have a lot of dreams about being molested or being chased by someone who was trying to "hurt" me. When I was a teen I was victimized by older men that I met online. When I was 18 and 19 I used to date men who were in their 40's and can only guess that maybe I was trying to find a "father" to love me. What I can say for sure is that even when I was very young I can remember feeling "damaged" if that makes any sense.
#2
Hello there. I'm not exactly sure if I can really be of any help, but with your situation, I think not only I will need at least some specific examples and/or events that have happened in the past, but everyone else here who might be able to help to give a sufficient you a sufficient answer.

As for forgetting sexual abuse of any sort ESPECIALLY childhood most likely won't be forgettable at all, I'm sorry. Sad And I say this because you have said yourself, you are now 29, but all the things you did might have seemed to be all BECAUSE of that memory of abuse you've had. So in your case specifically, your experience seemed to have made you the way you are so it's impossible to just forget about it all. Other than that, when you say you "remember" something, tell the whole thing since it would help US help YOU. Smile

I actually for a fact, had some sort of "child abuse" I guess.. When I was about 7-ish, my dad used to just randomly call me up to him and feel me down there and ask me, did it grow bigger yet?! No.. not yet. Pretty much everyday. Until of course he finds me getting mad that he touches me there. Idk what age I was then (I think around 9 or 10 maybe?), but I remember finally telling him STOP that. Would YOU like it if I touched YOUR dick?! and I tried to grab him there and had the urge to literally rip whatever he had completely off of him since it makes me so uncomfortable and mad that I get touched there by him.
#3
Anonymous Wrote:Is it possible to "forget" sexual abuse that happened in early childhood? I've been struggling with a lot of psychological issues throughout my life. I'm now 29 years old. I always felt like my father never really loved me that much. When I was a young child I used to get in trouble in school for exposing myself to other kids and drawing X-rated pictures and I had to live with that shame for a long time. In my teen years I tried to understand why I did those things but then I read that children act out when they are being sexually abused. I don't "remember" being abused that way but I used to have a lot of dreams about being molested or being chased by someone who was trying to "hurt" me. When I was a teen I was victimized by older men that I met online. When I was 18 and 19 I used to date men who were in their 40's and can only guess that maybe I was trying to find a "father" to love me. What I can say for sure is that even when I was very young I can remember feeling "damaged" if that makes any sense.

Well it is possible 'forget' sexual abuse. Sometimes the subconscious mind will take a trauma and 'hide' it when its too much to deal with. Its not (in my experience) common, but I have had experience of people this has happened to.

We can speculate as to *if* you were abused, as can you - however I strongly suggest that the best action for you to take is to see a professional who can help you explore the reasons you exposed yourself/drew x-rated pictures as a child as there could be a number of reasons for this. Seeing a professional will help you understand things and deal with anything that you need to. Confusedmile:
#4
If there is the possibility of a abuse I agree with juk and would say that you should visit a professional........ and there is no need to be ashamed or whatever.

I don´t think that your search for a older man... a father to love you is a sign of a abuse. To many men of your age are searching for a older men... like a father. I think its more the wish to be protected by a older man, to feeling safe and no need to make sorrows about it.
Or maybe you only like "them" more then men of your age....
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#5
Hi. you're not alone. im 27 and i've always dated older men. except the path i was on, i met an abusive one, and from that i snapped out of that way of thinking. i owned up to my problems and embrace them.

I know how it is to obsess about certain thoughts. i've done it lots. but you are a full person now. whatever happened when you were little was in the past. keeping living and u'll meet someone who loves you as a person. it may be really difficult to have someone treat you as a normal guy.. but i'm sure you can do it Smile
#6
If this is really playing on your mind and you are thinking of looking for professional help.
May i suggest hypnotherapy?
As, to my knowledge, this is exactly the kind of thing hypnotherapy is ment to help you deal with.
By discovering if these dreams are based in any truth, and to help put your mind at ease.

Although i'd read into it further before deciding if its for you, as i'm no expert.
But you would have to feel you can discuss this with someone for a start if you want hypnotherapy to be of any use.

I wish you the best of luck sortting this out.Confusedmile:
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#7
Between the ages of 9 and 12 my father would come into my room nearly every night to do 'his thing'. I was also severely physically abused, there are scars as testimony.

At the time I must have known and remembered. However between the ages of 13 and about 23 I had no recollections of my childhood.

Anything before the age of 13 I could not recall. Around 21 years of age I started drinking - rather heavily. Around 23 I started having 'nightmares' indistinct but terrifying dreams which surrounded 'bad things' 'bad sex'. I then started snorting coke, which eventually lead to meth which eventually lead to me slamming meth.

Around this same time I met my first male partner who wanted to 'do that' to me. The experience of anal sex was the worst thing in my life. I am, needless to say, a total top - I can not have any man touching me around the butt without horrible feelings.

At the time I was doing all of those drugs I didn't fully understand that the reason I was doing meth was to keep from sleeping. I hated my bed, I fought sleep even when I wasn't using. For several years this continued until I was about 28 where I went from 'weekend warrior' tweaking to tweaking as often as possible. I started keeping out of bed as often as possible, 'sleeping' was merely deep crashes from 2-3 days of tweaking, this grew to week long 'wide awake' sessions and 2-3 days crashed and basically in a coma.

By age 29 I was near death, having slept far too little in a year's time... At 6'2 I weighed in at 129 pounds. A tad too thin.

I made a choice to get clean and sober, and then is when the memory recalling began.

I fought sleep so hard because my dreams were reminding me of what daddy had done. My brain had decided it was time to pull out all of the old garbage and get down to the business of sorting through it. I, whatever that is that makes me me - fought it.

The first floods of recall hit me when I was 32 - nearly 2 years clean and sober, at first it was remembering where the scars came from that I never fully had an answer for. The physical abuse was my first recalls. At first shadowy, indistinct 'images' but heavy 'rushes' of intense fear and 'anguish'. After a few months I started having crystal clear memories, 'flashes' so real as if I was actually there again. Then the other memories started coming in. The ones that took place in my bed room, at night.

I struggled with 'repressed memories'. Events have been confirmed by conversations with my father's then fourth wife. Who had on more than one occasion 'caught' my father in my bed, and who could testify to the physical abuse. She herself had been severely beaten on many occasions. Domestic violence was my father's way of life, thus he had 5 wives.

I still do not have full memory of my whole childhood. I do have the occasional 'nightmare' where I still, after all these years wake up screaming.

Trauma can do strange things to the mind, many people do repress memories of events and will 'act out' in other ways. I had poor grades as a teenager, I was 'diagnosed' all over the board especially when I tried my first attempt of suicide when I was 15 after being shipped back to my father (I had been shipped off to my biological mother at age 12 nearly 13).

While at age 15 I wasn't recalling my childhood, something inside of me was so terrified and wanted away from the man so badly that suicide became an option.

Again I didn't fully understand back then why. Today it makes perfect sense to me.

So yes, you can have repressed memories of trauma, it happens, and if left on their own they will manifest when your brain is able to deal with it.

Frankly I would discourage a hypnotherapist or attempting to otherwise force your recall of repressed memories.

And if you have a choice in the matter, I would strongly advice that you never attempt to recall those memories.

Trust me, I am not better off knowing and recalling.
#8
Bowyn Aerrow Wrote:.
Frankly I would discourage a hypnotherapist or attempting to otherwise force your recall of repressed memories.

And if you have a choice in the matter, I would strongly advice that you never attempt to recall those memories.

Trust me, I am not better off knowing and recalling.

The mind will usually at some point begin a process of recall so that repressed memories are dealt with. Unfortunately this process is really needed in the healing process (I use the term healing but I would say its more of a 'dealing with' process)

A GOOD hypnotherapist would never attempt their client to force recall of these memories. Sadly there are too many bad hypnotherapists out there though.


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