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This can manifest in a number of ways, from fear of physical intimacy and trust issues, to flashbacks and body memories, to a highly tuned fight-or-flight response.While it might be frustrating as a partner, these responses are born out of the way the brain and body protected the survivor during their trauma. Survivors need to let their mind and body re-adjust to safer relationships, which takes time and patience. Resources such as RAINN’s website are a great place to start.
“Understand that their recovery is fluid, and can change from day to day and just accept that.It ensures both partners are on the same page, and helps survivors feel they have enough space to process their trauma within a relationship.“Communication — good eye contact, asking questions, not telling me how to feel, and giving me a choice/knowledge of plans,” is the most important aspect of a relationship for one survivor.Allow [them] to have the curtains be closed.” Respecting a partner’s needs can help survivors manage memories of the past and feel more comfortable in intimate situations.And if a partner needs to put a stop to something, understand it isn’t personal. “If a survivor says, ‘I don’t want to have oral sex.