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Common Feelings After an Assault

The experience of sexual assault is in some ways similar and in some ways different for everyone. No one knows precisely how an individual will react, but rape crisis counselors have found that most people experience sexual assault as a severe emotional and physical violation.

What Am I Feeling?

Somehow, someway I lived through the experience of a sexual assault. I didn’t know whether I would and maybe I didn’t know if I wanted to, but I did. Now I face people and wonder what they think. Maybe they wonder whether I was careful enough, whether I provoked it in some way, whether I fought hard enough. Maybe I wonder the same things.

I can’t handle or cope with other people and their thoughts right now. I have so much to think about but I don’t want to think about any of it. I’ve lost all of my normal thoughts and concerns right now and everything is focused on my safety and myself. AND HIM! I want to do something terrible to him… maybe sometimes, even to myself. Will he come back? AM I SAFE? I feel so helpless! I feel I lost control of my life and I feel like I’m going crazy. But what about those who depend on my- kids, husband , fellow workers, friends? Can I cope?

I’m rambling on because I can’t seem to concentrate or care about ther things or matters life before. Is that wrong? Who knows how I’ll be able to sleep at night. How am I to go on? How long will I feel this way?

There is no timeline for healing from a sexual assault. However, you can facilitate the healing process by speaking with someone whom you can trust and who will listen to you without judging or blaming you.