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Was this sexual assault? - February 11th 2019, 02:37 AM

[SIZE="a"]Not gonna get into details, but I was just looking on Wikipedia under the "Sexual Assault" article and apparently one of the things that is considered child sexual abuse is introducing pornography to a child.

I don't consider myself a survivor of sexual assault. It seems as if I do, I will be a broken person. It doesn't even make any sense, since I am a virgin. So how can I be a survivor of sexual assault?

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Re: Was this sexual assault? - February 11th 2019, 03:33 AM

I think that this can be seen as abusive. People tend to do things like this as a way to gain power over another individual. Being forced to watch porn means you lost the ability to give consent and you had someone exert power over you. There are a lot of reasons why people do this. I know, as a child, the people who abused me exposed me to porn in a few different ways. They did it as a way to dominate/control me. It sounds like you experienced something similar.


It might help if you could find someone safe to talk to about this. I know that talking to my therapists about some of the things I was exposed to helped me to process the abuse and understand it a bit more. There were things that I had happen that I didn't view as 'that' bad until I opened up about it in therapy. If you don't have a therapist it might be helpful to try and find one; if you have a therapist it might be helpful to try and open up to them about what you were exposed too. I know that talking about this might be difficult and something that might help you get it out is writing it down and then reading what you wrote to your therapist. You could also allow a therapist to read what you've written.



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Re: Was this sexual assault? - February 12th 2019, 07:33 PM

I believe that introducing a child to pornography is considered as sexually abusive. You may have been too young to watch pornography but you also weren't given a choice- it was forced on you.

Many people think that sexual abuse has to involve non-consensual touching but this isn't true. Being exposed to pornography or being forced to watch sexual acts in any way is considered 'non-contact abuse'.

Being a survivor of sexual abuse doesn't mean that you are 'broken'. And since what you experienced was non-contact abuse then it doesn't matter that you are still a virgin. It's entirely your choice whether to consider yourself a survivor, but you did experience abuse and you might find it helpful to talk to someone. I agree with finding someone that you trust and getting professional help such as seeing a counsellor, if you can. You can also check out RAINN for more information on sexual abuse.

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