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An unsettling number of Americans experience sexual violence each year — around 293,066, according to RAINN.
"I knew I felt messed up from what had happened, that bad things had happened, but when I did share them previously, I was met with blame, or like I was being dramatic, sensitive.
It’s nature’s way of insuring that parents stay committed enough to children to raise them to adulthood and children powerfully attach to their parents and stick close to them for safety and security.
Without this powerful form of bonding, our species would become extinct, baby animals and human children would wander away from parent figures and parents would forget about their young. Understanding relationship trauma requires under- standing the depth and strength of these bonds.
Because they are survival bonds, when they are ruptured, through mental illness, addiction or divorce, or left to languish without the care and constant nourishing required to meet the powerful attachment needs that are part of them, we may experience that rupture or neglect as traumatic.
Emotion came before thinking evolutionarily speaking; the limbic (feeling, sensing) brain evolved thousands of years before the prefrontal cortex (thinking, rational) brain.
These problems may affect the way the survivor acts with others.