This is a lovely short article on touch as seen through the eyes of a survivor of incest. One of the more isolating effects of abuse is touch-aversion, which can reinforce the loneliness that survivors so often experience.
In researching the topic of touch, I have found several resources that are helpful and interesting. There is not a great deal of scientific research published, but there are some good personal perspectives and professional observations from therapists.
I intend to write more on this. In the meantime, the references may be interesting background.
The Therapeutic Relationship: http://kspope.com/memory/relationship.php
Touch, The Unspoken Language: http://www.thecerioinstitute.com/publications/touchpartii.html
The Sexual Healing Journey (book): http://www.healthysex.com/page/the-sexual-healing-journey