Impact: The Need to Knows

In the aftermath of a sexual assault or rape, survivors can face extremely difficult and painful emotions and experiences. Now, this does not mean every survivor responds to traumatic events in the same way. Each individual endurer reacts differently. The effects of the trauma can be short-term or last long after the sexual assault or rape. Rape or Sexual Assault does not only occur in girls or women, but boys and men have become a subject, too. Here I am, to tell you what you need to know!

 

Common Physical Effects of Sexual Assault and Rape

  • Bruising
  • Bleeding (vaginal or anal)
  • Difficulty walking
  • Soreness
  • Broken or dislocated bones
  • Sexually transmitted infections ( HIV ) and diseases
  • Pregnancy

Common Mental Effects of Sexual Assault and Rape

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder ( PTSD ), including flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety, and uncontrollable thoughts
  • Depression, including prolonged sadness, feelings of hopelessness, unexplained crying
  • Weight loss or gain, loss of energy or interest in activities previously enjoyed
  • Suicidal thoughts or attempts. If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal, contact any Suicide Prevention Lifeline as soon as possible.
    { Click on the link which will take you to the worldwide hotlines of prevention centers }
  • Dissociation, including not being able to focus on work or on schoolwork. It is easy to identify from a very-well active person as they change to not feeling present as they usually are in everyday situations

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Common Emotional Effects of Sexual Assault and Rape

  • Changes in trusting others
  • Anger and blame
  • Shock
  • Numbness
  • Loss of control
  • Disorientation
  • Helplessness
  • Sense of vulnerability
  • Fear
  • Self-blame/guilt for “allowing” the crime to happen
  • Feeling that these reactions are a sign of weakness

Other Effects of Sexual Abuse and Rape

Other circumstances can develop for a survivor after being sexually assaulted or raped. Due to our society and the victim blaming, a survivor may develop a negative outlook and feel “damaged” or unworthy of a better life. Drug or alcohol abuse may also become an issue as a way to cope with the overwhelming feelings in both genders. Women may also have trouble with their menstrual cycle and fertility. These are some other common effects:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Muscle tension
  • Involuntary shaking
  • Changes in eating and sleeping patterns
  • Sexual dysfunction

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17 thoughts on “Impact: The Need to Knows

  1. This is utmost disturbing thing to happen PEN
    This post hit me really hard in every state of mind 😓

    I cannot say it’s a beautiful post
    But such an info is incredible as a whole and description is written that it can manage to hit anyone’s heart.

    For now, all I can say is that if any kinda support or help you’ll need ,
    Please do not hesitate to ask frankly I’ll never fail to let you down

    Keep going with all your productive Awareness work .
    Stay blessed 🙌

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