The Long-Term Consequences of Sexual Assault and Abuse
Victims of sexual assault and abuse not only go through physical pain, but they can also experience psychological and emotional effects for a lifetime. Understanding the emotional impact of sexual assault and abuse can help survivors get the help and support they need. Here’s what you need to know.
Coping with The Effects of Sexual Assault and Abuse
Survivors of sexual assault and abuse often struggle with the after-effects. Here are the most common issues victims face:
Depression is a mood disorder and can often be triggered by sexual assault and abuse. It’s common for people who have experienced a traumatic experience such as sexual assault or abuse to have feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and unhappiness. However, when the feelings persist and do not go away and interfere with everyday life and activities, it’s critical to get professional help.
Flashbacks happen when the memories of a past trauma feel like they are taking place in the current moment. So, survivors of sexual abuse may feel as though the sexual violence is happening again and their perpetrator is physically there. Flashbacks are triggered in many different ways, such as a person’s tone of voice or an odor. Flashbacks can worsen over time if they aren’t addressed, so it’s essential to identify the triggers. Flashbacks can also point to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) discussed in the next section.
Survivors of sexual assault and abuse may have challenges with post-traumatic stress disorder, which occurs after being involved in a traumatic event like sexual abuse and assault. While every survivor has different experiences with PTSD, the following are the most common symptoms:
- Having flashbacks, dreams, or intrusive thoughts
- Avoiding situations that can be associated with the traumatic event
- Feeling “on edge”
- Sleep difficulties
- Easily startled
- Displaying sudden outbursts
Other Common Issues Related to Sexual Assault and Abuse
In addition to the long-term effects mentioned above, survivors may also have the following challenges.
- Engage in self-harm
- Substance abuse
- Eating disorders
- Sleep disorders
- Thoughts of suicide
- Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
If you or a loved one is a survivor of sexual assault and abuse, it’s critical to seek professional help and medical attention. Getting support from professionals can help you move forward and begin the healing process.
How Survivors of Sexual Assault and Abuse Can Get Help
Sadly, sexual assault and abuse are underreported due to many reasons. Speaking out against your perpetrator is an emotionally taxing experience and can trigger memories that you don’t want to relive. When all hope is lost and you need help, we are here for you, and the abuse is not your fault. At , we are your advocate and will be on your side to ensure your rights are protected.
When faced with the challenges of pursuing a sexual assault and abuse claim, we are here to support you through a difficult time. We’ll help you hold r perpetrators accountable for their heinous actions and for you to receive the compensation you deserve.
Contact us today at (833) 456-3529 to learn your rights.