Sexual assault can be devastating, yet it is entirely possible to recover. Here are a few ways to help yourself on your healing journey.
Don't blame yourself. Blaming oneself for a sexual assault is one the most difficult and recurrent obstacles that survivors face. However, it is important that you know it was not your fault. Ultimately, the blame for sexual assault rests with the perpetrator. When you experience feelings of self-blame, remind yourself again and again of this fact. It was not your fault.
Be patient with yourself. Sexual assault is traumatic and it takes time to heal. Think of recovery from sexual violence as a journey, rather than a destination. As difficult as the journey is, there will be times when you will come face to face with the amazing resilience of your own spirit!
Reach out for help. At your own pace, seek help in your recovery. Contact Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Services through our helpline, and know that our other programs are available to assist with your healing journey, including help with filing protection orders and accompaniment to meetings with legal, law enforcement, and medical professionals. It may also be helpful to work with a mental health professional who has special training in helping survivors of sexual assault.
Make a list of things you enjoy doing, and/or things that help you relax. Also, make a list of friends and supportive people you can call on.
Take care of your body. Eat well, get plenty of rest and exercise, and see a doctor if you need to.
Recognize your strengths. Celebrate the fact that you are a survivor!
These are only a few ways to help with your recovery, and we can help you discover many more. When you feel ready, call our helpline at
1-800-871-7741, or access our other services by calling the office nearest you.