Sexual Violence & Coping Skills

Sexual Violence is a broad term used to define the continuum of acts of violence.

The continuum of sexual violence includes rape, incest, child sexual assault, date and acquaintance rape, statutory rape, marital or partner rape, sexual exploitation, unwanted sexual contact, sexual harassment, exposure, and voyeurism.

Sexual violence is not about sex, but about power and control.

It is never the victim/survivor’s fault.

Whether or not you are receiving therapy, it is important to center self-care as part of your daily routine. Self-care looks different for everyone and touches on all aspects of life. Below are some tips to get you started:

  • Talk to a friend, family member or professional
  • Exercise
  • Eat nutritious foods
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Meditate or try yoga
  • Make an effort to listen to your body when it tells you to rest, and aim for 7 hours of sleep
  • Journal
  • Read
  • Pray or seek support from your faith
  • Create art, dance or play
  • Make time to be with nature
  • Listen to music
  • Relax in a hot bath or shower

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  • Feelings of fear, anxiety, anger, sadness
  • Flashbacks or intrusive thoughts about the assault
  • Outbursts of anger
  • Changes in appetite
  • Shame, guilt, self-blame
  • Changes in sleep – not wanting to sleep or getting to much sleep
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts or Self-harming behaviors
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • Changes in relationships with friends, family and lovers
  • Decreased desire for sex
  • Increase in promiscuous behavior
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Depression
  • Substance Abuse
  • Eating Disorders
  • Sexual Dysfunction or Sexual Addiction

It is never too late to receive therapy for sexual violence

If you are an adult who has experienced sexual violence please know you are not alone. Our Crisis Advocates and therapists are here to support you whenever you feel ready and will continue to support you throughout your journey.

Please refer to our Adult Services page and Support Services for Parents and Care Givers page for more information on counseling.