Because the aftermath of sexual violence can result in suicidal feelings, depression, PTSD, and other mental disorders, clinicians play an important role in treating both victims and perpetrators and helping to prevent further damage.
Sexual identity development is a complex, multidimensional, and often fluid process. One must consider cognitive, social, emotional, cultural, and familial complexities among other aspects of the individual’s experience to contextualize a narrative concerning sexual identity development.
Diminishing libido is a symptom of depression, but antidepressants do not always restore sexual interest. Loss of desire may be the cause of depression, not its consequence. Dr Levine explains the nature of sexual desire and its relationship to arousal including the various biogenic, psychogenic, interpersonal, and cultural factors that contribute to problems associated with sexual desire.
Randi K. Bregman, LMSW, is the Executive Director of Vera House, Inc. (http://www.verahouse.org/). In this video, she talks about the impact of trauma and violence as defining forces in the lives of those who have been abused.
Victor Strasburger, MD, professor of pediatrics and chief of the division of adolescent medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, discusses the impact of television and movies on the sexual behavior of teens.