This is an excerpt my chapter (Ch.6) titled "Intimate Relationships" in the new textbookHealthy Ageing and Aged Care(Edited by Maree Bernoth & Denise Winkler) published by Oxford University Press.
Adult Survivors Of Sexual Abuse
One of the most neglected issues in discussions regarding older adult care is the impact of past childhood or adolescent sexual abuse. Statistics reveal that between 12% and 40% of adults have experienced some form of abuse in their past (Walker, Torkelson, Katon & Koss, 1993).
Intimate partner violence
is a significant problem in the United States of America. Each year an estimated 5.3 million women
experience some form of abuse by their intimate partner; nearly 1 million are
violently assaulted (National Domestic Violence Hotline, 2007), and more tragically,
1,232 are murdered (American Institute on Domestic Violence, 2007). Widespread public awareness of domestic
violence was brought to the forefront during the 1970s. In conjunction with the feminist rights
movement, a grassroots effort to combat domestic violence, spearheaded by
domestic violence victims, called attention to the injustices suffered by women
at the hands of their male companions.
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A comprehensive framework for understanding human sexuality
Sexualityis an essential aspect of being human and contributes to the development of our identity throughout our lives. As a construct, sexuality is not easily defined. What do you think when you hearthe word sex? If “intercourse” is the first thing you think of, congratulations, you’re among the norm. Human sexuality, however, is far more than simply a physical thing. Although it canbe physical, it is also mental, emotional, relational, biological, spiritual,cultural, and psychological.
Healthy relationships are consensual,
non-exploitive, mutually pleasurable, safe, developmentally appropriate, based
on mutual expectations, caring and respectful. Any sexual relationship that
cannot be described in those terms should probably be carefully examined;
something may be wrong, possible very wrong! On US college campuses, approximately 20-25% of college
females become victims of an attempted or completed rape at some point during
their college career (American College Health Association, 2008).