Our expert says:
The first important thing to remember is to respect her and her wishes. In the case of your girlfriend, she needs to seek guidance and counselling from a therapist / psychologist. Even if she suggests that she is progressing on her own, she has experienced very traumatic events in her life that may trigger a relapse / fear / resentment / anger towards you if she does not seek proffessional help.
Being sexually active, you may want to resort to masturbation till she feels ready to allow for sexual activity.
You can also give her the following SASHA helpline at 0860 100 262. This is a helpline that provides confidential assistance and referrals with regards to all sexual health issues.
As you mentioned, you may have the very best intention but by helpling her you may unbeknowing actually scare her. The best thing to do is to respect her space and the path to her recovery through therapy.
All the best!
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