Sex Abuse and Addiction
Sexual Abuse can be
any type of coerced or forced sexual behavior against another
person. Contrary to many popular opinions, sexual abuse can
and often does occur within marriage.
Various types of sexual abuse can include the following:
Incest - between
family members, often non-consenting.
Adult - Child sex -
Any major age difference is often coerced sex;
children do not possess
cognitive skills needed to understand the dynamics of
healthy sex and are often bribed by an older person.
Abusive sex within
a marriage - can include rape, forced oral or anal sex and
other types of sex-on-demand.
Date rape -
Increasingly common among teenagers and young adults; very
often the victim is drugged by someone they think they can
Many people today
believe that practicing oral sex is the safe way to enjoy sex
without fear of pregnancy. However, there is a possible,
catastrophic storm on the horizon due to recent studies that
links some throat, tongue, and jaw cancers directly to HPV
that is found in cervical cancer.
Aggressive Form of
Cancer Related to Oral Sex
Stage IV Throat Cancer
“The Farther Shore” by Stephen Reynolds
August 2008, Readers Digest summary by Nancy Kurth Bustani,
SAFE-T Education Center of Palm Beach County, Inc.
The author, Stephen
Reynolds, writes, “I was in my 40s, with a young son, and my
wife and I were building a life around him. That’s when
something from my past threatened to take it all away.” When
Stephen learned that he had a large tumor at the base of his
tongue, he also discovered that it was a stage IV squamous
cell carcinoma related to the human papillomavirus, HPV, that
causes the majority of cervical cancers.
This type of cancer
is being directly linked to oral sex which was an alternate
and preferred sex option for many who grew up in the
revolutionary 1970s and 80s. Because social scientists were
emphasizing the importance of practicing safe sex, oral sex
appeared to be a safe choice for young people who were
experimenting with mind-expanding drugs during the sexual
revolution. While sexually savvy individuals understood the
necessity for condoms, “no one was practicing oral sex, using
latex,” Reynolds states.
Since this type of
cancer is on the increase, here are some startling statistics.
According to Maura Gillison, MD, of Johns Hopkins, 20 million
Americans are currently infected with HPV. Dr. Gillison is one
of the first to study the correlation between the rise of
throat and neck cancers among young nonsmokers and the HPV
virus. 6.2 million new cases of HPV are documented each year.
So far, there is no cure and only one test is available that
detects HPV in the female cervix. To determine whether an oral
cancer is directly linked to a cervical cancer requires a
biopsy. Once the virus is confirmed, the throat or tongue
cancer can be directly linked to oral sex practice. More than
35,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year; 25
percent will be connected to HPV. Not all throat and tongue
cancers are HPV related; the other 75 percent can be linked to
excessive alcohol and nicotine use.
HPV is a deceptive
disease. Most people will not manifest early symptoms, so
there has been a strong disregard for passing the virus to a
partner through oral sex. At least half of sexually active men
and women could become infected with HPV in their lifetime.
Approximately 23 percent of women ages 14 to 65 have high-risk
HPV, including 35 percent of 14- to 19-year-old girls.
Some of the early
symptoms of throat and tongue cancer are a persistent cough
and scratchy throat that do not respond to regular cold and
flu treatments. HPV-related throat and tongue cancer is an
extremely aggressive type of cancer that must be treated
immediately and there are many risks with surgery. These
include nerve damage, disfigurement, loss of speech, possible
artificial voice box, and problems swallowing and chewing.
A main concern in the
medical field today is because oral sex is the preferred sex
of most teenagers, as well as many young adults today, and
because a high percentage of teenagers become sexually active,
this type of cancer may explode in proportion to young adults
within the next two decades. While HPV can remain dormant, it
is easy to detect when a young female is a carrier with a
routine, annual gynecological exam and a pap smear. The best
approach to this disease is to practice abstinence and wait
until marriage to become sexually active.
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