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Common Reactions to Sexual Assault

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:
-Shock, disbelief
-Fear
-Depression
-Suicidal ideation
-Dissociation
-Guilt and/or shame
-Highly emotional or extremely calm and composed

Long-term consequences:
-Depression/anxiety/Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
-Low self esteem
-Eating/sleep disorders
-Flashbacks
-Lack of trust in others/relationship problems
-Extreme anger, rage, or hostility
-Sexual dysfunction (either wanting sex a lot or not at all)
-Hypervigilance

If you would like to talk about your reactions to an assault, please contact the Victim Advocate.