What are common reactions to sexual assault?
If someone is assaulted, they may be experiencing: • Problems with sleeping • Problems with eating • Physical symptoms (injuries, nausea, headaches) • Flashbacks • Recurring thoughts about the assault, “what if?” scenarios If someone is assaulted, they may be feeling: • Guilt • Shame • Helpless • Shock • Emotional numbness • Confusion These feelings are NORMAL. It is important to note that this list of feelings is not limited. Someone who is assaulted may experience other feelings that are not listed. All of these reactions are common and normal. It is important that the individual receive support and information to reduce the isolating effects of sexual violence.