After an assault, you may be feeling a variety emotions, or even nothing at all. It's important to note that there is no "right way" to respond to victimization, and there is no "perfect victim." Whatever you are feeling is normal and acceptable. Below are some common reactions to sexual assault.
Immediate, short-term reactions:
-Guilt and/or shame
-Highly emotional or extremely calm and composed
-Depression/anxiety/Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
-Low self esteem
-Lack of trust in others/relationship problems
-Extreme anger, rage, or hostility
-Sexual dysfunction (either wanting sex a lot or not at all)
If you would like to talk about your reactions to an assault, please contact the Victim Advocate.