Call our free, confidential 24-hour helpline


Trauma Rehab Centers

Treatment for Sexual Assault Trauma

Treatment for Sexual Assault TraumaSexual assault is a complex situation that includes variables such as the type of assault, the person who assaulted you, your age when you were assaulted, the frequency and duration of the assault and the care you received after the assault. No two people share the same sexual assault experience, but most people who have been assaulted suffer with trauma that presents a variety of physical, emotional and psychological symptoms.

Physical Symptoms of Sexual Assault Trauma

Often a person dealing with sexual trauma has a need to control things in his life, which can cause him to experience physical symptoms including headaches, fatigue, stomach problems, gastrointestinal disorders, increased blood pressure and eating disorders.

Emotional Symptoms of Sexual Assault Trauma

It is not uncommon for people who are dealing with sexual trauma to experience difficulty managing their emotions. At times, they may attempt to use denial to ignore the assault or they may blame themselves for the assault, which often leads to shame and guilt. In addition, these victims often feel betrayed, violated, angry, powerless and helpless. The culmination of these emotions often results in a person losing confidence and lowering his or her self-esteem.

Psychological Symptoms of Sexual Assault Trauma

Often, the psychological symptoms associated with sexual assault trauma can cause lasting effects. He or she may seek professional help or choose to self-medicate to deal with the symptoms of depression, anxiety, panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Often a physician will prescribe a medication to assist with these symptoms. Unfortunately, the medication does not offer the person the psychological support he needs to explore and work through his reactions to the trauma.

Reactions to Sexual Assault Trauma

A person who does not resolve the issues associated with the trauma often has difficulty concentrating, trusting people and sharing intimacy. As a result, he may become withdrawn and isolated. Between the physical, emotional and psychological damage, it is not uncommon for a sexual assault victim to consider suicide.

Treatment for Sexual Assault Trauma

Every aspect of a person’s life can be affected by the sexual assault. Therefore, it makes sense that treatment needs to heal the physical, emotional, psychological and behavioral damage. This is not a simple task that can be accomplished in a few days or weeks. Some survivors of sexual assault receive counseling and support for many years. Even when a survivor has resolved some of his or her issues and feels more secure, ongoing support can help him or her live a more peaceful and fulfilling life.

There are a variety of therapies that have been successful in treating trauma, including the following:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Exposure therapy
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)

These different therapy types offer different strategies to help victims overcome the impact of trauma in their lives.

Finding Help for Sexual Trauma

Dealing with trauma is not easy to do without professional assistance. If you have experienced sexual trauma, treatment can help you to explore the underlying feelings that the trauma has created and learn healthy ways to handle these feelings. You do not want to turn to drugs or alcohol to numb yourself from these feelings. Instead, you can get help by calling our toll-free helpline now. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about trauma therapy and to help you find the right treatment plan for you.