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

Kaylee M. Lukacena, Kristen P. Mark

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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 (US)
Pages (from-to)2521-2539
Number of pages19
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number10
Early online dateOct 20 2021
StatePublished - Aug 2022

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

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  • Journal Article


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