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Not everyone who was abused as a child reacts as Haney does, preferring casual sex.
But she's far from alone, according to a survey of 1,032 college students published in the November 1999 issue of the Journal of Sex Research.
But three months into her current relationship, Haney continues to keep her 29-year-old boyfriend at arm's length, emotionally speaking. "But I don't want to get too close." The arrangement, however, has started to cause friction.
It is just as important for partners to talk through their emotional states as it is for victims, she says.
Tobias recommends checking with local associations of licensed psychologists and psychiatrists for referrals.
When those abused as children try to form adult romantic relationships, they can be affected by anxiety, depression, and poor self-esteem.
Some have no sexual desire; others may have a high sex drive.
May 15, 2000 -- Elizabeth Haney was sexually assaulted at school by a group of male classmates when she was 12.