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While there is not one way to respond to sexual assault, many survivors experience a range of physical, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral responses that are typical of any traumatic event. These responses might last throughout a lifetime, to varying degrees of intensity, as healing from trauma is not a linear process.
|Loss of Coordination||Sadness/Depression|
|Sleep Disturbances||Feeling Lost and/or Abandoned|
|Rapid Heart Rate||Numbness|
|Muscle Aches||Self Blame|
|Difficulty Making Decisions||Suspiciousness|
|Nightmares||Increased Alcohol/Drug Use|
|Disorientation||Overly Vigilant to the Environment|
|Difficulty with Calculations||Excessive Humor|
|Difficulty Concentrating||Emotional Outburst|
|Memory Problems||Missing Classes|
|Poor Attention Span||Changes in Appearance|
|Racing Thoughts||Changes in Usual Activities|
|Religious Confusion||Act Like Nothing has Changed|
For people who experience sexual violence, people often wonder if they are damaged or broken in any way. People worry that others will reject them or blame them for what happened. And, people often ask, "why me?" Sexual violence can shift a person's understanding of themselves and others - even the world itself.
Please know that you are not broken! You are not responsible for what happened to you! But, many people feel tarnished and they feel responsible. These are important issues to consider, and counseling is one of many safe ways to explore the implications of being a crime victim.