Jace Downey, 30, before she sought help the sex she was having was becoming increasingly dangerous, risky and painful
A woman who claims to be addicted to sex says her compulsive pursuit of anonymous hook-ups almost made her take of her own life.
Jace Downey says her troubles started when she was just five-years-old.
Sexual fantasies eventually escalated to frequent encounters with men she could not now pick out of a line-up.
The 30-year-old said before she sought help the sex she was having was becoming increasingly dangerous, risky and painful.
Jace from Austin, Texas, in the USA, said: “For me, sex almost never felt good.”
…Jace’s addiction affected every aspect of her life.
She said: “I was meeting strangers in all sorts of different places, and of course not telling anyone where I was going, because then I would have to tell them what I was doing.
….Two days later, Jace stepped into a local recovery meeting, beginning her path to recovery, and uncovering repressed memories of what triggered her addiction at such an early age.
Jace says she was abused as a child and memories of the trauma resurfaced while Jace was meditating, leaving her devastated.
She embarked on a year of sobriety, and began a documentary project called Suddenly Celibate, spending the following two years travelling round the US talking to experts in sex addiction, relationships and sexuality.
While planning to stay celibate for the foreseeable future, Jace met the man who was to become her boyfriend at a comedy show.
She said: “I had started seeing sex as a bad thing and I was like, ‘Oh nope, that’s not healthy either’ – our sexuality is part of who we are as people.
“It’s a beautiful and individual thing that’s part of who we are and I didn’t want to be losing that, so I decided to end my celibacy and I’m really glad I did.”