Sexual Violence is a broad term used to define the continuum of acts of violence which can violate a person’s trust and sense of safety.
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.
Rape is not about sex, but about power and control.
Whether or not you are receiving counseling it is important to take care of yourself to reduce symptoms, prevent future long-term problems, and heal from the trauma. Everyone heals differently but here are some different ways you can try:
Talk to a friend, family member or professional
Eat healthy foods & drink plenty of water
Meditate or try yoga
Make sure you are getting 7-8 hours of sleep a day
Pray or seek support from your faith
Create art, dance or play
Be with nature
Listen to music
Relax in a hot bath or shower
What helps you in times of stress?
Learning how to cope with reactions after a trauma are vital as you may experience many things. Some of the reactions may seem “normal” while others may be confusing or counter-intuitive.
It is never too late to receive counseling for sexual assault
If you are an adult who experienced sexual violence please reach out for support. It doesn’t matter if the abuse occurred when you were a child or yesterday. Keeping the feelings to yourself is usually what prolongs the symptoms and may lead to additional problems.