Sexual abuse is one of the most underrated of all abuse, new research says that one in six men and one in three women were sexually abused in some way. It is possible that due to the taboos associated with sexual abuse, that number may even be higher. Generally, the depth of how badly someone was hurt by sexual abuse is based on several factors. The level of betrayal, meaning how close to you is the perpetrator? Was it your mom, dad, or other family member? The actual physical aspect of it; was it exposure, fondling, intercourse, rape? How long did it go on for and what age did it start and end at? And, your own resiliency is a factor. In healing this deep violation, the therapist must explore all aspects of the abuse and assist you in addressing how the abuse is currently being played out in your current intimate relationships.