Sexual intimacy provides the opportunity to express love with connection, pleasure, and satisfaction. Yet, for people who have experienced sexual assault, sexual violence, and abuse, intimacy can feel very unsafe. Being on guard, and sometimes checking out and dissociating, is what has allowed abuse victims to survive, and the idea of “relinquishing control and getting lost in the moment” can be terrifying. Rather than associate physical intimacy with pleasure and connection, sex can trigger feelings of shame, disgust, aversion, and pain.
Healing from sexual abuse in order to experience emotional and physical intimacy in a healthy way can be a long and difficult process. Join Talli Rosenbaum and Rabbi Scott Kahn as they speak candidly about this difficult reality.
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Forthright and frank, yet respectful and sensitive, I Am for My Beloved: A Guide to Enhanced Intimacy for Married Couples by Talli Rosenbaum and David Ribner will help couples enrich their marital and sexual lives, and maintain passion and intimacy within the framework of Jewish tradition.
Organizations in Israel:
Tahel Crisis Center
Organizations in the UK:
Organizations in Australia:
Organizations in the United States:
Jewish Community Watch
Relevant Books (Please click to order):
1. Healing Sex: A Mind-Body Approach to Healing Sexual Trauma by Staci Haines
2. Stolen Tomorrows by Steven and Abby Levenkron
3. The Courage to Heal… by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis
4. The Courage to Heal Workbook by Laura Davis
5. The Sexual Healing Journey by Wendy Maltz
6. Treating the Adult Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse by Jody Davies & Mary Frawley
7. The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk