A A Email Print Share

Effects of Sexual Assault

Victims may experience feelings of

  • confusion
  • disbelief
  • shock
  • guilt
  • shame
  • self-blame
  • resentment
  • anger
  • and fear

In the long term, the chances that a victim will develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are between 50-95%. PTSD is a debilitating emotional disorder characterized by intrusive memories or thoughts of the event, extreme anxiety, hypervigilance, difficulty concentrating, insomnia, and depression. Counseling can help victims deal with the overwhelming emotions that may follow an assault.

Persons who experience the violence and trauma of sexual assault are victims, but they are also encouraged to be survivors in the sense of being persons with dignity and power who rise above the assault.