Over 30 years of experience and research. That’s how long therapists have been helping men sort though their experiences and find the happy and healthy lives they want, and researchers have been studying these issues.
There are stages of change involved in overcoming problem behaviors (like addictions to alcohol or porn) and, more generally, in dealing with anything that we wish weren’t part of our lives (like the effects of unwanted sexual experiences in childhood). Understanding these stages means knowing that you can keep moving forward, no matter how hopeless it can feel at times.
There are stages of recovery that both men and women go through to overcome the effects of unwanted or abusive sexual experiences. These stages map a path that many others, including people who have been terribly abused, have taken with success.
Finally, view inspiring stories from other men who have overcome sexual abuse and/or assault. These stories are a great source of wisdom for those looking to learn from someone else’s lived experience.
You can deal with what happened, and live a happy and rewarding life.