Having recently written about how the impact of sexual abuse may or may not affect females desiring to transition, articles like these give definitive credence to the former, until accurate statistics emerge. Clearly many of these 26 "males" are in fact FEmales. And going by their own words, their sexual abuse occurred pre-transition.
There are many general commonalities between female sexual abuse symptoms/language and female
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)-severe feelings of anxiety, stress, or fear.
Substance Abuse-using drugs and alcohol to self medicate.
Self-harm/Self-injury-cutting, burning, biting, hitting the body, pulling out hair, scratching. Transition itself is a form of self harm.
Eating disorders-Anorexia Nervosa, Binge Eating, Bulimia Nervosa.
Body Memories-stress of the memories of the abuse experienced by an individual take the form of physical problems or psychosomatic symptoms. With regard to the general trans female experience (non sexually abused trans females) this would occur post transition.
- Prolonged sadness or unexplained crying spells
- Change in appetite with significant weight loss (without dieting) or weight gain
- Loss of energy or persistent fatigue or lethargy
- Significant change in sleep patterns (insomnia, sleeping too much, fitful sleep, etc.)
- Loss of interest and pleasure in activities previously enjoyed, social withdrawal.
- Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, or inappropriate guilt
- Pessimism or indifference
- Unexplained aches and pains (headaches, stomachaches)
- Inability to concentrate, indecisiveness
- Irritability, worry, anger, agitation, or anxiety
- Recurring thoughts of death or suicide
Suicide-Regular thoughts of killing one's self that go above and beyond the occasional really bad day.
Stockholm Syndrome-emotional bonding with an abuser.
- Victim having positive feelings toward the abuser
- Victim having negative feelings toward family, friends, or authorities
- Abuser having positive feelings toward the victim
- Victim supporting or helping the abuser
Obviously transition isnt going to cure any of the issues created from sexual trauma. It may however temporarily relieve them with feelings of dissociating from the body that they feel hurt them, as many/all trans females will transfer their hatred for the perpetrator toward their female body (if they werent weak females they wouldnt have been abused). Relieve feelings of weakness (mental and physical) as their bodies begin adding muscle from hormones. Relieve female rape/abuse fears as they begin to pass as the opposite sex. All these changes can be quite exhilarating, freeing and allow trans female sexual abuse victims to experience life in ways the abuse stopped them from experiencing through fear and feelings of female inferiority/vulnerability.
But like self medicating sexual abuse through drugs or alcohol, the relief derived from a drug high, an alcoholic high or a trans high, reality in between highs intrudes like a bright sun. But unlike drug or alcohol highs that can be achieved hourly/daily, transitional highs via transitional changes stop at a certain point. After a few years the horse eventually surpasses the carrot. Without that xmas morning feeling around each significant change, all problems from the sexual abuse return, along with many other mental distresses from the transition itself.
Transition does NOT cure sexual abuse traumas and should in no way shape or form be used as a treatment for sexual abuse.