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Minimizing Trauma after Sexual Assault for Victims

Minimizing Trauma after Sexual Assault for VictimsSexual assault is one of the most traumatic things a person can experience. Sexual assault can destroy and distort a person’s sense of privacy, safety, identity, and confidence. It is both physical and emotional and is almost always more about power and domination than it is about sex. While there is no way for sexual assault not to be traumatic, there are things a victim can do to minimize their trauma and hasten their recovery.

Trauma and PTSD

Traumatic experiences overwhelm the brain’s emotional processing capability as a sort of defense against a full nervous breakdown. This causes painful emotions to be blocked and left unprocessed. As a result the victim may experience any of the following symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD):

  • Flashbacks
  • Panic attacks
  • Emotional numbness
  • Uncontrollable outbursts
  • Nightmares
  • Despair
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions

Many people suffering from PTSD self-medicate through drug or alcohol abuse. Their symptoms may be somewhat relieved while they are drunk or high, but as their tolerance for chemicals increases, along with the intensity of their symptoms, they ultimately find themselves in much worse condition.

Minimizing the Impact of Trauma

There are certain things a victim of trauma can do to minimize the effects, including the following:

  • Understand that the crime committed against you was serious and that you did not deserve it
  • Find trauma counseling as soon as possible
  • Join a PTSD recovery support group
  • Get involved in affirming, positive activities
  • Avoid drugs and alcohol

The longer PTSD is left untreated the harder it can be to overcome. Many people who have survived trauma are tempted to minimize their emotions and insist that they are fine. It’s not uncommon for them to be unaware of these feelings. Some victims don’t begin to experience symptoms for PTSD until months or years after the traumatic event. But people who have been sexually assaulted are virtually certain to experience serious side-effects. Seeking treatment before the onset of symptoms can have a dramatic impact on the speed and duration of recovery.

24 Hour PTSD Help

If you have been the victim of sexual assault please call our toll-free helpline immediately. Our counselors are available day and night to answer your questions and to connect you with the recovery resources you need. If you are concerned for a friend or loved one who has recently experienced a trauma we may be able to help you as well. The call is free and confidential. Don’t wait for the effects of PTSD to overtake you. Call now and let us help you minimize the effects of the trauma you have experienced.