"We've Been Married Seven Years -- and We've Never Had Sex"

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His Turn, continued

"When Natalie told me she was still a virgin, I was surprised but not alarmed. We'd had oral sex, so I knew she wasn't asexual. She was only 22, so I assumed she simply hadn't felt ready. I was confident she would soon be ready for me. 

"But as time passed, I grew more and more concerned, and as our wedding date grew near, I was filled with dread. In some ways, I'm sorry I didn't call it off. I couldn't understand what was wrong. I even started to wonder if Natalie had been sexually abused as a child. She said she hadn't, which led me to conclude it was in her head and she needed psychological help.

"I'm angry not just because we've never had intercourse but also because Natalie breaks her promises. She claims she hates being a virgin but won't do anything about it. I'm so disgusted that I've withdrawn from her emotionally and physically. I hang out with friends after work because I don't want to be home with her. 

"When I gave Natalie the most recent ultimatum, I was shocked that she finally agreed to get treatment -- but frankly, I'm skeptical that she'll follow through." 

Continued on page 5:  The Counselor's Turn


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