Reactions

Each woman who has been sexually assaulted recovers in her own time and way.

Whatever your feelings and reactions are, they are normal and will be similar to those of other women who have experienced sexual assault.

 

These feelings can include: anxiety, depression, nightmares, sleeplessness, self-blame, shame and feeling dirty. For a while you may be suspicious, fearful or afraid to be alone. These are all normal feelings.

 

You and your family may experience shock, disbelief, sadness and anger. One moment you may feel calm and collected and the next, hysterical and irrational. People around you may not understand, but SASH does.

 

REACTIONS MAY INCLUDE:

  • Fluctuating emotions
  • Crying
  • Heart palpitations
  • Shock
  • Loss of appetite
  • Depression
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Lowered self-esteem
  • Pain and nausea
  • Numbness

 

Working with SASH, you will be supported by staff who understand - women who you can talk to and put your trust in. You do not need to go through this on your own.