Why The Holiday Season Poses Triggers for Sexual Assault Survivors
The holiday season can pose triggers for sexual assault survivors for various reasons. For many, the holidays are a reminder of past trauma. Being in large crowds can also be overwhelming and trigger memories of sexual assault. The pressure to participate in activities and be happy can be challenging for some survivors. Here are some tips survivors may find helpful as the holiday season approaches:
How to Manage Triggers
It can be difficult for survivors of sexual assault to manage triggers during the holiday season. Several things can bring back memories or flashbacks of the trauma, such as certain smells, sounds, or sights. Additionally, family gatherings and other social events can be triggering due to the proximity of people, the potential for conflict, or the forced reminiscing about happy memories. However, there are some things that survivors can do to manage their triggers and ease the burdens that some may feel during the holiday season.
- Take breaks. Give yourself permission to take breaks from holiday festivities if you need to.
- Get Counseling. Seek professional help if you are struggling to cope.
- Avoid triggers if possible. If you know that being around certain people or participating in certain activities will trigger memories of your assault, do your best to avoid those situations. It is okay to say no if you do not feel up to participating in an activity.
- Reach out for support. If you feel overwhelmed, reach out to a friend, family member, or therapist for support. Talking about your feelings can help you manage them and make the holiday season more bearable.
- Give yourself time to heal. The holiday season can be difficult for anyone, but it is especially hard for survivors of sexual assault. Be patient with yourself and give yourself time to heal.
- Know your triggers. Identify your triggers in advance and plan how to deal with them when they arise.
Know that you are not alone. Many other survivors understand what you are going through, and support is available. Read on to learn more.
How to Get Support
It can be difficult for survivors of sexual assault to get support during the holiday season. Many people are busy with their own families and may not have the time or energy to provide support. Additionally, some survivors may feel embarrassed or ashamed to reach out for help. However, it is important to remember that there are people who care about you and want to help. Here are some tips for getting support:
- Talk it through. Talk to a friend or family member you trust about what you're going through. They may be able to offer support and understanding.
- Create a support system. Reach out to close friends or family members you can rely on during challenging moments.
- Seek out a support group for survivors of sexual assault. This can be a safe space to share your experiences and connect with others who understand what you're going through.
- Get professional help. Talk to a therapist or counselor who can provide professional support. There are also many confidential hotlines for survivors that can get support 24/7. Click the link below for a list of national organizations.
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No matter what, it is important to remember that you are not alone. There are people who care about you and want to help. Seek out the support you need to get through this holiday season.
Contact KMD Law For Help Today
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, it is important to know that legal options are available. A sexual assault lawyer can help you seek compensation for the harm you were caused and hold the perpetrator accountable for their actions.
Contact us today at (833) 456-3529 for a free consultation.