i think most of us know this already, and believe it and that many of us are in the middle of experiencing the truth of this statement: the effects of girlhood sexual abuse, for the victims, last for decades. clearly this is the case, but for some reason “researchers” are just coming up with conclusive proof of what millions (billions?) of girls and women across time and place already know and have always known: being sexually assaulted by men when we are very young is problematic for us. it has the same effect on us that war has been shown to have on vietnam vets. okay? this is obvious, and the truth of this is finally being vetted and the mechanism of injury (how this works) is finally being parsed.
but is anyone willing to take the obvious next step here, and admit what millions of women already know and experience daily about the effects of this abuse: that men, all men, benefit from mens sexual abuse of girls, even men who arent abusers themselves?
from the article:
Researchers, who tracked a group of girls ranging in age from 6 to 16 at the start of the study in 1987 for the next 23 years, found that they had higher rates of depression and obesity, as well as problems with regulation of brain chemicals, among other issues, compared to a control group of girls who were not abused. […]
The racially-diverse group of 80 girls, who lived in the Washington, D.C., area, were victims of incest, broadly defined as suffering sexual abuse by a male living within the home. On average, the girls were abused for about two years prior to the abuse coming to the attention of child protective services. Some girls were abused when they were as young as age 2.
Compared to a non-abused control group, the researchers found the study participants, all of whom were provided three therapy sessions on average in group and individual settings, suffered severe effects during different stages of their lives, which affected their sexual and cognitive development, mental and physical health, as well as their brain chemical profile. Study participants were more likely to be sexually active at younger ages, have lower educational status, and have more mental health problems.
clearly, men who sexually abuse girls and women benefit from the abuse they perpetrate: they are sexually gratified by using girl children as masturbatory aids, and get off in every way imaginable from directly perpetrating sexual abuse, and abusing their male power. thats obvious.
but all men benefit, dont they, even non-abusers, when these girls grow up and have “problems” that cause them to be “sexually active at younger ages” for example? translation: these girls comprise a willing pool of victims on which to perpetrate PIV-centric sex, and they wont say no, or prosecute you for rape. yay consent! and if they are willing to do it for free, doing it for pay isnt that far a leap is it? yay “non-coercive” prostitution! yay porn! clearly, all men benefit from the pool of sexually-available women created by other mens sexual abuse of young girls.
and for sexually abused girls who grow up to have chronic and disabling health problems from it, such as depression, obesity, and PTSD, or those who experience problematic or inadequate “cognitive development” well they arent really going to pose much of a threat to men by way of competition in universities or in the job market are they? at least, theres a very high chance that women either arent going to be able to compete at this level, or that they will have to work exponentially harder than men and other non-abuse victims, to succeed at tasks that require focus, attention, and other skills and resources that girlhood sexual abuse specifically depletes.
and thats just for the women who werent also impregnated from either the abuse or from early “consensual” sex later on: those women are also forced into caretaking of unwanted children, which is known to impede womens success in both the job market and in college.
and women who luckily arent abused as girls benefit from less competition from other women in the workplace and universities too, but the thing about non-abused women is this: unlike men, non-abused women have nothing to gain sexually from other womens victimization. they arent gratified by it. and nonabused women escaped girlhood sexual abuse themselves purely by the luck of the draw: the men who lived in their households chose not to abuse them. whereas nonabused men werent abused mostly by virtue of the fact that they were born male, not female, and men sure as hell arent going to become impregnated by it in any event. ie. male privilege, versus female russian-roulette. and when these men and women go on to have families of their own, its the men who are going to be the sexually-gratified abusers, not the women. and its going to be the women who caretake their own children when they are abused, and are damaged and cannot effortlessly succeed as adults, not men.
its what we do with this information thats important, and radical feminists are the only ones who are being honest about who benefits from the status quo, including the rampant sexual abuse of girls, and why. research showing the effects on women is only half the story, and the other half clearly is the effects on all men as a sexual class, those who abuse girls themselves and all men who benefit from it, and how all men are therefore deeply conflicted about what to do with the information and what specifically not to do. ending sexual abuse of girls, by men, would be devastating to the status quo, and men individually and collectively will therefore work very hard to make sure it never ends.
the only people who remain relatively unconflicted here are women: we are the only ones who would gain more than we lost, if girlhood sexual abuse were to end. the biggest challenge here, perhaps, is for women to admit the truth to themselves, including the fact that many of the men we love and depend on are abusers, or that they have everything to gain from womens utter and early demise at the hands of men. and that any success our male partners have gained has been at our expense, and at the expense of women as a sexual class. for straight and partnered women, this is quite a lot to take. one thing that will help here, obviously, is to never become financially or emotionally dependant on one man, or on men as a sexual class, if you can help it. once you depend on a man for your very survival, its just that much harder to admit the truth.