Every 68 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. Now, think of the number of people who will be sexually assaulted in the time it takes you to read this article—it's staggering.
For people who have experienced sexual trauma, they do more than think about the statistics. They are part of the statistics, yet it doesn't have to define them.
"Sexual trauma impacts people in a whole host of ways," said Dr. Kyle Zrenchik, Ph.D., A.C.S., L.M.F.T., a couples and sex therapist and cofounder of All In Consulting, LLC. "Some of the most common impacts can be seen in the way someone values and connects to their body, how one forms relationships and how one experiences sex and intimacy."
What is considered sexual trauma?
Many acts fall under the umbrella of sexual trauma, but Zrenchik notes the term is generally used to describe any adverse sexual event you've lived through.
"With that, there is a range of sexual traumas," he said. "Being insulted and embarrassed for being sexual is a form of sexual trauma. Sexual abuse or exploitation during childhood is a form of sexual trauma. Sexual assault or rape is