|Sexual Assault Services|
Emotional and Physical Response
You may go through a whole range of emotions and physical responses after a sexual assault. These feelings can surface at any time, immediately after an assault or many weeks/months later. And not everyone goes through the same emotions or in the same time frame. These responses may include:
- Nightmares or sleeplessness
- Intense or uncontrollable anger
- Uncontrollable crying/depression/ feelings of despair
- Loss of self confidence/feelings of powerlessness
- Anxiety/mood swings
- Self-destructive behavior
- Distrust of other people
- Inability to concentrate
- Guilt or shame
- Sexual relationship issues with partner
- Increased or decreased appetite
Please know that these responses, although very normal to experience, are not always easy to get through. Your family and friends can be a large part of your support system and help you through some of these issues.
We do recommend that you seek help through a sexual assault advocacy group such as SACPC, Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County (1-800-756-7273). They have counseling services available and are available 24 hours a day if you need to talk to someone at any time. And, if you are having severe responses or any self-destructive thoughts or behaviors, you need to get immediate medical attention.