Effects of Sexual Assault
Sexual violence can have psychological, emotional, and physical effects on a survivor. These effects aren’t always easy to deal with, but with the right help and support they can be managed. Learning more can help you find the best form of care to begin the healing process.
Other reactions and effects of sexual assault:
Prolonged feelings of anxiety, stress, or fear can be a sign of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Some survivors of sexual assault may use self-harm to cope with difficult or painful feelings.
It’s possible for memories of a past trauma to feel like they are taking place in the current moment.
STIs can occur during any sex act, even if this contact was unwanted or forced.
Feelings of sadness and unhappiness that have a negative impact on your life could be a sign of depression.
There are a number of reasons that survivors report using substances like alcohol and drugs.