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Effects of Sexual Violence

Everyone experiences different effects after sexual violence.  Effects can be emotional, physical and psychological.  If you have been impacted by sexual violence, know that you are not alone.  Below are just some of the effects many survivors experience after sexual violence:

  • Depression
  • Flashbacks
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Dissociation
  • Self-harm
  • Eating Disorders
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Struggles with Intimacy
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Difficulty Trusting
  • Lack of interest in once enjoyed activities
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Anxiety/Anxieties
  • Other Health Effects

Surviving any sexual violence takes a huge toll on the whole person.  A person’s brain cannot process trauma in a linear, logical fashion, so sometimes behavior or feelings after experiencing sexual violence seem reckless, withdrawn or even apathetic.  Sexual violence impacts every person differently.  There is no right or wrong way to react.  What you experience may or may not be in the list above, and that’s ok too.

Effects of sexual violence can be difficult to cope with, but help is available.  Learning more and finding the right resources can help you with your healing process.  Additionally, if you’re concerned for a loved one, we can help.  Call today to speak with an advocate at 1.800.770.1650 or text iowahelp to 20121.