Back to Top

Sexual Assault - Common Reactions

  • Emotional Shock
  • Feel numb, calm, and can't cry
  • Disbelief
  • Did it really happen, why me?
  • Embarrassment
  • What will people think, I can't tell my family
  • Shame
  • I feel dirty, there is something wrong with me, I want to wash my hands all day long
  • Guilt
  • I did something to make this happen
  • Depression
  • Feel tired and hopeless
  • Powerlessness
  • Will I ever feel in control again
  • Disorientation
  • Can't sit still, having trouble getting through the day, overwhelmed
  • Retriggering
  • Keep having flashbacks
  • Denial
  • Wasn't it "just" a rape
  • Fear
  • Will I get pregnant or contract a disease, am I safe, will I ever want to be intimate again, will I ever get over this, am I going crazy, I have nightmares
  • Anxiety
  • Nervous, trouble breathing, muscle tension, can't sleep, nausea, nightmares, bed wetting
  • Anger
  • Want to kill him/her