In this week's episode, Matt and Braden chat with Dr. Kelli Palfy, who is a trauma and sexual abuse therapist. She breaks down her new book "Men Too, Unspoken Truths About Male Sexual Abuse," and talks about how men can heal from sexual abuse that they've experienced.
Grooming is the process where the perpetrator will try to win the trust of their victim by gradually introducing elements of touch or exposure that leads to abuse. Often this takes time and people don't understand that they are being groomed to be abused.
Sexual Abuse and Addiction are Two "Ugly Cousins"
Addiction can often have a clear link to abuse as it is a form of coping when trying to deal with the pain. The abused often experiences intense confusion and shame and the addiction creates a numbing effect.
Educate Yourself and Get Professional Help
If you have been a victim of abuse, educate yourself and get help! This requires the help of a professional therapist who is trained in trauma therapy and sexual abuse recovery. Often people try to cope with their pain and trauma, but never deal with it in a healthy way. Over time they shut down or re-invent their past convincing themselves that they must have enjoyed the abuse or somehow provided consent. This leads to a greater degree of confusion and shame, making them want to keep the secret even more. There is healing and hope! Jesus wants to touch the pain and bring healing, but it takes getting help and sharing what happened.
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