Study Links Lesbianism With a History of Child Sexual Abuse

I have encountered a number of people who become defensive over my opinion that child sexual abuse can sometimes cause a person to gear towards homosexuality. This study supports my position:

“In narratives of 35 lesbians in alcohol recovery, 46% unexpectedly disclosed having survived childhood sexual abuse (CSA), linking it with addiction and recovery experiences. This subgroup described unbounded difficulties that pervaded their lives well into recovery. They reported multiple addictions, self-harm, isolation, sexual problems, depression, self-loathing, physical illness, and inability to work more often than did other participants. Those not reporting CSA were more socially and occupationally stable, self-satisfied, and physically well in recovery; their alcohol problems seemed circumscribed and responsive to conventional intervention. Conclusions indicate that CSA history may foster health risks that complicate alcohol recovery, necessitating more comprehensive clinical attention.”

Forty-six percent is more lesbians than found in the general population.

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Source: Pervasive Effects of Childhood Sexual Abuse in Lesbians’ Recovery from Alcohol Problems, 1996, Vol. 31, No. 2 , Pages 225-239, Health Maintenance Department, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Nursing, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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7 Responses to Study Links Lesbianism With a History of Child Sexual Abuse

  1. Lizzy says:

    There were 35 women. 46% of 35 is 16. The article was about lesbians in alcohol recovery – hardly representative of lesbians in the general population, and not even enough to be representative of lesbians alcoholics. Should it really come as any surprise that a handful of child abuse victims grew up to drink? Your conclusion is just completely off.

    I realize you’ve had a hard life, but there’s nothing brave or sincere about projecting onto others. Homosexuality IS normal. Child abuse isn’t.

    I can understand both angles – that someone would grow up sexually confused and/or homophobic. Yet, you seem to think we should question the former and not the latter. Because someone has been abused, it would be breaking a taboo to even confront them about the attitudes they hold towards large groups of people.

    • Alethea says:

      Lizzy,

      Oh it is indeed brave to post what I did. That’s because most people are too afraid and brain-washed to speak the truth. And it was sincere because I sincerely know, that homosexuality is not normal –especially when someone becomes gay, or acts out homosexually, because of child sexual abuse.

      PTSD symptoms and depression are a normal response to being sexually abused and raped, but they are not normal in a human being. It might be considered a normal *response* for a previous victim of child sexual abuse to become gay or lesbian because of the abuse, but it certainly is not intrinsically normal.

      “I can understand both angles – that someone would grow up sexually confused and/or homophobic. Yet, you seem to think we should question the former and not the latter. Because someone has been abused, it would be breaking a taboo to even confront them about the attitudes they hold towards large groups of people.”

      You might want to read my article on this:
      https://ordinaryevil.wordpress.com/2011/03/12/breaking-social-taboos-about-femalefemale-child-sexual-abuse/

      Alethea

  2. Anonymous says:

    Interesting. So, if it were possible for women, it would be possible to use the same theory with gay men? Or maybe some of them…because so many gay people seem to have felt that way from childhood and they can’t have all been molested. Right? Well, it certainly is A topic for discussion, but I wouldn’t want to be standing in front of the fan. LOL

    • Alethea says:

      I am of the opinion, that this is true for many Gay men as well.

      • little nel says:

        Hi Alethea,

        I read the response from Anonymous and my first thought was, “This person has an agenda.”

        This is a blog for people who have been molested as children, not a blog for discussion about gay men. When I read the last sentence coupled with LOL, I realized that this person was mocking all of us who were sexually abused and want solutions.

        Only bullies mock wounded people and pour salt into their wounds..

        • Alethea says:

          Once again Little Nel, you hit the nail on the head. Good job. I did not get that when I read it because I was in defense mode. Now I totally see what you saw in his comment. Thanks for clearing my head 🙂

  3. little nel says:

    This does not surprise me. I have known several women who were sexually abused by a man, at about age 9, who became lesbians.

    One was raped by her uncle (a drug abuser). Her rapist got three years and when it came time for him to be released she had several anxiety attacks and severe PTSD symptoms. She never had any sexual feelings for a man after the rape. Fear had replaced them.

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