FEELINGS AFTER RAPE & SEXUAL ASSAULT

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Feelings after Rape and Sexual Assault

 

Everyone reacts differently to a traumatic event. Whatever you feel is a natural response to what has happened. Some examples are below. But you might feel none of these. Whatever you feel, it is important to get support if you need this. The Rape Crisis helpline or Fife Rape and Sexual Assault centre can help.

  • If you have been attacked recently you may be in shock. This can mean that you are feeling numb, unemotional, be in total disbelief, be crying, shaking, laughing or physically being sick.
  • You may feel to blame and responsible for what has happened.
  • You may be having nightmares or experiencing difficulties sleeping.
  • You may be “reliving” the events (flashbacks), these can be triggered by a sound, situation or smell and can be very frightening.
  • You may have lost confidence, trust in yourself and others.
  • You may be feeling worthless or have feelings of self-hatred.
  • You may be finding it difficult to cope with day-to-day life.
  • You may be feeling angry, irritable and be short-tempered with those close to you.
  • You may feel dirty and ashamed about what has happened.
  • You may be depressed, upset and tearful a lot of the time.
  • You may feel suicidal.
  • You may be afraid for example of people, places, being on your own.
  • You may be experiencing relationship or sexual difficulties.

It is important to ask for help if you are feeling any of these things.

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