My girlfriend is cold and I think it’s down to sexual abuse she has suffered

DEAR DEIDRE: ONCE openly loving, now my girlfriend is distant and cold. I think it’s all down to the hurt and abuse she has suffered in the past.

I’m 29 and she’s 25. We were together for four months but then she started to push me away.

She had a difficult childhood and has been sexually assaulted, which she told me has led to a fear of intimacy.

She hasn’t point blank said she doesn’t like me, so I might still have a chance, but she hardly speaks to me now and won’t make a date to meet up.

Should I stick around to support her or just walk away?

DEIDRE SAYS: It is very sad what’s happened to your girlfriend but you can’t sort her problems for her.

Urge her to contact Rape Crisis which helps anyone who has suffered rape or sexual assault (, 0808 802 9999).

If you can give your support as a friend, that could be what she’s waiting to hear.

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