Coping With the Aftermath of Rape
Rape: One of Many Types of Sexual Assault
- Attempted rape
- Child molestation
- Sexual harassment
If You Have Been Raped
- Taking a shower
- Cleaning any part of your body
- Combing your hair
- Changing your clothes
- Touching anything at the scene of the assault
Deciding Whether to Report the Rape
Dealing With the Effects
- Self-protective behaviors, such as changing your telephone number or moving to a new residence
- Nightmares, particularly about the rape
Developing phobias, such as:
- Fear of being indoors or outdoors depending on where the rape took place
- Fear of being alone
- Fear of crowds
- Fear of being followed
- Sexual fears
- Having problems in relationships, especially with your partner
- Having physical symptoms such as headaches, insomnia, or loss of appetite
Moving Toward Recovery
Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network http://www.rainn.org
Women's Health—US Department of Health and Human Services http://www.womenshealth.gov
Mental Health Canada http://www.mentalhealthcanada.com
Women's Health Matter http://www.womenshealthmatters.ca
After sexual assault. Safe Horizon website. Available at: http://www.safehorizon.org/images/uploads/misc/1272296041%5FAfter%5FSexual%5FAssault%5FBklt.pdf. Accessed March 11, 2014.
Getting help. Rape Treatment Center website. Available at: http://www.911rape.org/getting-help/what-to-do-if-you-are-raped. Accessed March 11, 2014.
If you have been sexually assaulted. After Silence website. Available at: http://www.aftersilence.org/what-to-do.php. Accessed March 11, 2014.
State crime victims compensation. Benefits.gov website. Available at: http://www.benefits.gov/benefits/benefit-details/4416. Accessed March 11, 2014.
Safety planning. Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network website. Available at: http://www.rainn.org/get-information/sexual-assault-prevention/safety-plan. Accessed March 11, 2014.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 03/2014 -
- Update Date: 03/13/2014 -
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