He was the only other person she knew from her hometown, a friend from high school who had become one of her closest confidantes when they both enrolled at a large, out-of-state university.

I don’t know how I expected a rape victim to act, but I didn’t expect her to be so funny.

Or to be punk, in this kinda sexy bleached blonde but kind of too lazy to really care sort of way.

The relationship soon ended, but not without further hurt.

[pullquote]Looking back I walked into that relationship with blinders on.

If your loved one or partner was sexually abused or sexually assaulted, this page details some of the relationship challenges you may be facing, and some ways of responding.

Before discussing some of the ways sexual abuse can impact men and their relationships, it is important to acknowledge that couple relationships require time, effort and commitment – from both parties – to be successful.

They benefit from partners talking, sharing interests and working together to address difficulties as they arise.

A healthy relationship is therefore not about having no difficulties; it is about having the skills, time and energy to work things out and grow together.

Whether you or your partner was sexually abused or not, this will always be the case.