WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE JUST BEEN SEXUALLY ASSAULTED
REMEMBER - YOU ARE NOT TO BLAME, EVEN IF:
COMMON REACTIONS TO SEXUAL ASSAULT
The following list summarizes the range of reactions to sexual assault that may help you know what’s normal to expect. Remember – sexual assault is a crisis, and people handle crises in different ways and have different reactions.
HEALING/RECOVERING FROM SEXUAL ASSAULT
Talking about the assault with someone who can listen in understanding and affirming ways –whether it’s a friend, family member, or a Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate is a key part of the healing process. However, talking about the assault may be hard to do. In fact, it is common to want to avoid conversations and situations that may remind you of the assault. You may have a sense of wanting to “get on with life” and “let the past be the past.” This is a normal part of the recovery process and may last for weeks or months. Eventually you will need to deal with fears and feelings in order to heal and regain a sense of control over your life. Calling our 24/7 hotline 201-487-2227 is a step toward healing.