Healing from Sexual Violence

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The Healing Process

Everyone who has experienced sexual violence goes through the healing process differently.  Each person feels the effects of their abuse differently.  Below are some common affects that a person who has experienced violence may, or may not experience.

Rape Trauma Syndrome (RTS) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

RTS is a name used to refer to the symptoms of PTSD a person who has experienced sexual violence might experience.  RTS can also refer to the immediate affect of sexual violence while PTSD often refers to the longer term effects.  Some of these effects are:

Everyone Processes Differently

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence, they may or may not experience any of the things mentioned above.  Just because someone doesn't experience any of the things mentioned above does not mean that they did not experience violence.  They may experience symptoms of RTS or PTSD for a little while after they were abused and then they may go away.  Or a person might not experience any symptoms for a while and then suddenly develop them.  Some people may experience some of the symptoms for years.  Sometimes, a person will experience some of the symptoms and then they may go away for a while and then return.  Whatever your experience, here are some important things to keep in mind:

Strategies for Healing

Some of these strategies may work for some people and not for others.  For more complete information on healing feel free to contact a RISE Advocate.  Bellow are some strategies which may be helpful.

Lists

Some people find making lists to be an incredibly helpful process as well as tool for healing.  Bellow are some list suggestions.

Remember, whatever you do is up to you.  Also, if you are trying to figure out the best way to support a friend, partner, or family member, all these tools may also be helpful to you to insure that you are taking care of yourself.

Resources:

You can always contact RISE - contact information here.

Our VOICE

24 Hour Crisis Line: 828.255.7576

www.ourvoicenc.org

RAINN

24 Hour Crisis Line: 1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673)

Online Hotline

www.rainn.org