Communicating a History of Sexual Trauma: Partner Responses to Women's Disclosure

Kaylee M. Lukacena, Kristen P. Mark

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Abstract

The study aimed to understand how women who experienced sexual trauma but are now in a healthy relationship perceive their partners’ responses to their disclosure of sexual trauma. Forty-one women completed an in-depth semi-structured phone interview. Responses were analyzed using reflexive thematic analysis, identifying two overarching themes and six subthemes. The results provide a voice to the needs and preferences of women who experienced sexual trauma, but are navigating communication in a healthy relationship. Given that most women disclosed their experiences with partners, this sample provides valuable insight for clinicians, interventionists, and partners of survivors to navigate supportive interactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2521-2539
Number of pages19
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume28
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We express deep gratitude to the women who shared their lived experiences with us through this study. The authors received no financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.

Publisher Copyright:
© The Author(s) 2021.

Keywords

  • disclosure
  • intimate partner
  • sexual trauma
  • social reactions
  • social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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