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This study explores the causes and signs of sexual trauma in newlywed couples.
Child sexual abuse (CSA) affects 20% of women and 8% of men. Also, individuals who have a history of early CSA are more likely to experience a sexual assault in adulthood than those without a history of CSA. Women reported being sexually assaulted by strangers (16.7%), acquaintances (21%), non-spouse relatives (6.5%), and intimate partners (61.9%). The findings of this study suggested that for women, but not men, sexual revictimization (a partner using threats to get sex or being forced to have sex without a condom) may occur in the context of a new marriage and these experiences are associated with increased trauma symptoms. Trauma symptoms include intrusive thoughts or dreams, defensive avoidance, dissociation, and impaired self-reference, and dysphoria (depressed mood).
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Source: DiLillo, D., Jaffe, A., Watkins, L., Kras, A., Peugh, J., and Campbell, C. (2016). The Occurrence and Traumatic Impact of Sexual Revictimization in Newlywed Couples. Couple and Family Psychology, Research and Practice, Vol. 5, No. 4, pp. 212-225.