After Effects of Rape

Everyone reacts differently after a trauma like sexual assault. Survivors experience a wide range of emotions from denial, anger, powerlessness, fear, guilt, depression, self-blame, shock, numbing, anxiety and social isolation. Effects can last a lifetime. Some survivors have periods of their life where they feel no effects, and other periods where the effects are ever-present.

Many survivors of sexual assault and rape experience post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is an extreme reaction to a situation which is outside the normal range of most human experience and which would be distressing to almost anyone, such as war, a threat, or an assault. Survivors that experience PTSD might experience sudden re-experiencing through flashbacks, or nightmares. PTSD might also cause avoidance (trying not to remember the event) or numbing of emotions. PTSD can also cause difficulty sleeping, difficulty concentrating, or increased irritability. For more information on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, visit The National Center for PTSD (http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/ptsd101/ptsd-101.asp).
 

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