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Counseling Psychologist Niel Kintanar responds to Ayan, an MGG reader whose letter was first published here. Interesting to read a professional’s take on Ayan’s situation. To refresh, I am republishing Ayan’s letter, followed by Niel’s response. Feel free to share your thoughts as well.

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Hi Migs!
I am fond of reading your blog.
I am Ayan. Straight ako when I was in high school, I’m sure of that. Marami akong naging girlfriend nun. Until one time, I need to have a tutorial in Math because of my low grades. so i went to my tutor’s apartment at around 6pm. he is one of the best math teachers in my school by that time, but he didn’t handle our class. i am well-known in our school, that’s why he offered me his help. Malakas ung ulan nung gabing nun, i didnt bring my umbrella so i got wet.. when i entered his apartment, he told me to take off my clothes baka daw sipunin ako. hinubad ko naman kasi ok lang naman siguro un parehas naman kaming lalake, walang malisya un.
instead of reviewing, nagkwentuhan lang kami.nakaupo kami sa kama niya then he asked me to turn off the lights, nagtaka ako kung bakit.. i didn’t turn it off. sabi nia sa kin wala daw mangyayari kung hindi ko papatayin ung ilaw. nagtaka na talaga ako and i decided to go home pero sabi niya wag muna daw,malakas pa ung i stayed. nagjoke siya tapos tawa kami ng tawa,then he started to bite my ears tapos ung lips niya umabot na sa neck ko and he kissed it. i begin to feel uncomfortable, dinaganan niya ko tapos hinalikan niya ko on my face, then lips, pababa until he lick and suck my cock. i dont know what to do. i tried to stop him, pero nakadagan siya sa kin. gusto ko sumigaw pero iniisip ko na nakakahiya sa mga tao if they knew why i am shouting… i dont have any idea about gaysex that time. hindi ko un nagustuhan. i was the only one naked, kaya i immediately took my shirt and pants. i told him that i will go home. pagkauwi ko, nagshower ako agad. parang nandidiri ako. i keep it as a secret, kasi nahihiya ako sa outcome kapag nagsumbong ako baka kumalat. i noticed na maraming kiss mark ung leeg ko. kinabukasan, napansin un lahat ng classmates ko. sabi ko allergy. pero sabi nila chikinini daw. this happened 3 years ago.
nasalubong ko si sir sa corridor, then nagsorry siya sa kin. nabigla lang daw siya. i accepted his apology. from then on, hindi ko na siya kinausap o kaya pinansin. kung dati nalilibugan ako sa babae, ngayon parang sa lalake na. naging habit ko na ung panunuod ng gay porn. pinigilan ko ung sarili ko but i cant control it. hindi ko alam kung ano na ko ngayon, there is confusion. i am now 16 years old, a 1st year college student in a prominent university. parang nagbago ung buhay ko, hindi na ko lumalabas ng nakahubad or nakasando.naiilang na rin ako sa mga lalakeng nakahubad. siguro na-trauma ako sa mga nangyari. even my closest friends don’t know about this experience. nakikipagchat ako ngayon with the same sex…flirt.. i don’t know if i’m into relationship, malay natin..
thanks migz for letting me share my story.. God bless you…
– Ayan

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Hi Ayan.
I am Niel and I am a friend of Migs. Migs forwarded your letter to me so that your concerns will be properly addressed. I am a counseling psychologist by profession and I hope you do not mind if I answer some of your questions.
Ayan, having the courage to share your story is very commendable. Stories of sexual abuse are often kept in silence with more men than women keeping it a secret.
Story-telling has psychological benefits for the storyteller and the listener (or reader). For the story-teller, it allows one to organize and integrate thoughts and feelings, and in turn, facilitates a sense of predictability and control over one’s life and a temporary emotional resolution. For the reader, it gives us a sense of connection and understanding of the experience. Most importantly for those readers who are hiding in the closet with the same secret, it gives one a sense of “kadamay” since sexual abuse is one of many painful and potentially traumatic experiences that a human being may suffer in childhood.

While I was reading your letter, I felt the discomfort, the “hiya”, the “diri”, and the shame when your classmates teased you of the kiss marks you had. Although you ended the letter with a sense of temporary relief by disclosing your story, I sensed the confusion and questions about your sexual identity.
So you questioned if the abuse was the reason for your homosexual desires?

The answer is not that simple. Sexual abuse has negative effects but it depends on a variety of factors. But international clinical case studies have shown that long term effects of sexual abuse are related to confusion and distress about their sexuality and to the development of sexual identity.

In these studies, survivors reported being confused about their sexual orientation (Nasjleti, 1980; Dimock, 1988; Lew, 1988; Myers, 1989; Gilgun & Reiser, 1990), reported fear that the sexual abuse has caused or will cause them to become homosexual (Nasjleti, 1980; Finkelhor, 1984; Dimock, 1988; Gilgun & Reiser, 1990; Lew, 1988; Myers, 1989), and expressed homophobia – having negative attitudes and feelings towards homosexuality and to people who identified or perceived to be homosexual (Wikipedia).

Personally though, I hypothesize that child sexual abuse interferes (nakakadiskaril) with sexual identity development but, on the other hand, I also believe that it does NOT doom people to live in unconventional sexual lives and identities.
Maybe at this point, it is good to define, clarify, and differentiate sexuality terms like sexual orientation and sexual identity.

Sexual orientation refers to a pattern of romantic attraction (who do you fall in love with?), sexual attraction (who do you have erotic desires and sexual contact with?), and commitment to monogamous romantic and sexual relationship (who do you have relationships with?). Usually, sexual orientation has three categories: heterosexual (to the opposite sex), homosexual (to same sex), and bisexual (To both sexes) with these orientations existing along a continuum that ranges from exclusive heterosexual to exclusive homosexual, including various forms of bisexuality in-between (American Psychological Association).

So I would like for you to imagine a scale from 1 to 7: 1 means exclusively to the opposite sex, 4 means equal amount of in both sexes, and 7 means exclusively to the same sex.

In your letter, you described that you are experiencing sexually attractions with the same sex “Kung dati nalilibugan ako sa babae, ngayon parang sa lalake na. Naging habit ko na ung panunuod ng gay porn… naiilang na rin ako sa mga lalakeng nakahubad”
So if you are to rate yourself from 1 to 7 in terms of sexual attraction, what will be your answer? I guess it will be a 5 or 6. Now, also think about your rating on the other two components. You did not mention about who you will fall in love with but you are open to experiences of possible same sex love “Nakikipagchat ako ngayon with the same sex… flirt” and relationships “I don’t know if I’m into relationship, malay natin…”

See, knowing one’s sexual orientation is not just simple categorization! This confusion is actually developmentally appropriate for an adolescent boy like you. And as you grow older and in the next few years (or even months!), you will learn who you will fall in love with and who you will commit to. The American Psychological Association added, “some people believe that sexual orientation is innate and fixed; however, sexual orientation develops across a person’s lifetime”.

On the other hand, sexual identity is really a comprehensive process of subjective self definition as heterosexual, bisexual, homosexual, gay, lesbian, queer, undecided, bi-curious, or asexual! It involves one’s biological sex, sexual orientation, gender identity (the innermost sense of being a male or female), gender roles (the socially acceptable behaviors assigned to males, like being masculine, and females, like being feminine), and other factors like defining one’s sexual needs, values, and preferences for sexual activities. Sometimes, one’s sexual identity may or may not match one’s sexual orientation! Closeted individuals are sometimes referred to people who have a homosexual sexual orientation but may define themselves as heterosexuals.
Although, personally, I believe that there is an inherent biological component in sexual orientation but it is also your future experiences, preferences, and choices that will shape your sexual identity.

Ayan, although we are sexual beings, we are more than our sexual identities. You are 16 years old and one major developmental task you need to accomplish is to establish a sense of self in which your past (including the abuse), present (being a student in a prominent university), and future (the goals you have for yourself) are integrated.

If you need to talk about what happened and if you need someone to help you make sense of your sexual identity and your self-concept in general, do not hesitate to ask Migs for my contact information. I believe what Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California, said, “All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.”

Good bless you too.

Comments (13)

  1. NAN said on 12-09-2011

    thanks for the very informative reply….

  2. arnel said on 05-03-2011

    me too, with similar experienced, at the age of 9 and many times. He(community priest) sexually abused me for more than a year. During my secondary to tertiary school, i been attracted to same sex and among them, there was one who really made me cry. Although i never open that publicly, and i know its a kind of “suppression” and i let that way until now. Of all my ponders, i decided to make my life more happier and be resolved what is past, but how? 😐 Up to this day, my hatred to that abuser is still inside, every time i see i him, it reminds my helpless days. Now, i am in four months relationship with a girl… happy and in full commitment.. but still the insecurities, confusion and fear is there. To somewhere out there, please give me some advice to get out from this uncertainties.

    thanks to all who give time!

    Stop Pedophile! Stop Child Molestation!

    –arnel 😐

  3. kiko said on 27-11-2010

    I’m learning a lot. Thanks for this site. BTW, I’ve had almost the same experience. And I was 8. Kaya mas tumatak.

  4. metoto said on 13-08-2010

  5. dom said on 10-07-2010

    same here i was in grade school when it happen to me..and yeah until now i am being haunted by what had happen to me..but i pick to be straight..right now im 27 and married with kids..

  6. brent said on 20-05-2010

    mr psychologist, cud u say that a history of sexual abuse by someone of the same sex, is a factor to making the victim a homosexual later in life..???

    i was a victim of sexual abuse by a male relative when i was a child..and iv bin experiencing identity crisis for sometime now..

  7. klei said on 04-04-2010

    well said neil….

  8. Albert said on 03-04-2010

    thanks for this post. to Ayan, same thing happened to me when i was 14 yrs old. my father did it to me. it was a very painful experience . . . right now, my father is in prison, he was thrown into jail because he raped my sister. no one knows about this but me and my father. right now, im 25, had girlfriends and still moving on . . . the pain of that experiences is still haunting me everyday. i love my father so much but i can’t forgive him for what he did to me. sometimes i am thinking of having sex with the same, but i decided to be straight forever, but i know i need help.

  9. V said on 30-03-2010

    This is really sad… I wish these pedophiles would stop…. I think it takes a lot of courage for these victims to let these facts come out…

  10. BB said on 29-03-2010

    Hi Diosdaddy,
    I totally agree with you — the cycle will only continue unless it’s broken. Worse, that a-hole may even think he can always get away from it. I really feel for Ayan. I do hope that once he has come to terms to it, he can summon the courage to speak up. Ultimately, it’s his decision.

  11. diosdaddy said on 29-03-2010

    I am remember reading a story in Esquire magazine similar to this. The character opted the same behavior as yours; he remained silent. And the other character continued his shenanigans of raping students. Such behavior won’t stop unless the perpetrator is shamed.

  12. alfred said on 29-03-2010

    Sad to say, me as well is a victim….

  13. pinkfishnyc said on 29-03-2010

    This is RAPE!!!, if ever this story ever transpired. It disgusts me and I don’t understand why this type of gay guys continue to pry on young and helpless individuals.
    I feel sorry for this young lad to undergo such trauma very early in his life. He will be scarred the rest of his life.
    Shame! shame! shame!. At times, we really can’t blame the society why we (gays) are labeled and perceived negatively because of acts of soul less and disgusting guys like the “tutor” in the letter.

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