In this second episode of Freeze or Fawn I look at sexual violence. I try to clarify the more hidden experiences of sexual abuse as well as what happens to us psychologically when it exists in the romantic relationship. To explain the complex psychology of sexual abuse, I focus on the 4 F's (fight, flight, freeze, fawn), psychological violence, narratives, and cognitive dissonance. I also touch on societal and political factors, as rape myths, victim blaming, and societal gaslighting also plays a role. The session ends with a written scene, which shows how the 4 F's, psychological violence, narratives and cognitive dissonance all plays together in a romantic relationship filled with sexual violence.
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