Stay Calm

Rape Trauma Syndrome is a recognised crisis response to rape or sexual assault and is a term sometimes used to help explain the impact of sexual violence. Immediately after being assaulted you may feel shock, denial, disbelief and a determination to carry on as if nothing has happened. In the longer term you may experience insomnia, nightmares or flashbacks. However, there is no right or wrong way to react to sexual violence. You may wonder if you should or should not be feeling a certain way, or how long you should feel it for, or whether you should be ‘over it by now’.

Whatever you do feel is valid and right in respect to how you’re feeling. Each woman responds in her own way. If you can talk about your feelings with other women it can help you to understand your responses and can start to help you to regain some control over your own life.

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