Sexual assault therapy is a specialised area.
Sexual violence is unlike any other in its insidious nature. Sexual assault takes many forms and includes any unwanted sexual behaviour that makes a person feel uncomfortable, threatened or scared.
There are many myths about sexual assault that sometimes stop people from telling. For instance many victims don’t report it for fear of not being believed. Most sexual assault reports are truthful and most offenders are known to the assault victims. Perpetrators use many tactics which stop victims from speaking out, such as threats to loved ones, threats of more violence, and leading the victim to believe that somehow they have ‘wanted’ the abuse or could have stopped it.
Normal responses to sexual assault
Sexual assault can affect everyone differently, the following are some normal responses:
- Shock and denial
- Guilt and blame
- Low self-esteem
- Nightmares and flashbacks
- Mood swings
- Loss of confidence
- Loss of trust
Someone who has experienced sexual assault will experience a range of symptoms and reactions. It is important you talk to someone who is safe and to ensure your own safety. There are a list of services available on the Contact page.
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