Everyone responds differently to a traumatic event. Whatever you feel is a completely valid response to what has happened.
Whether you were raped, assaulted or abused recently or many months or years ago, you might be experiencing some of the emotions below. You might feel none of these things at all. Whatever you do or don't feel now or in the future is OK and talking to Rape Crisis can help.
- If you have been attacked recently you might be in shock. This can mean that you feel numb or unemotional. You might be in total disbelief, be crying, shaking, laughing or vomiting.
- You might feel to blame and responsible for what has happened.
- You might be having nightmares or experiencing difficulties sleeping.
- You might be 'reliving' the events (having flashbacks). This can be triggered by a sound, situation or smell and can be very frightening.
- You might have lost confidence, trust in yourself and/or trust in others.
- You might be feeling worthless or even hating yourself.
- You might be finding it difficult to cope with day-to-day life.
- You might be feeling angry, irritable and be short-tempered with those close to you.
- You might feel 'dirty' and ashamed about what has happened.
- You might be depressed, upset and tearful a lot of the time.
- You might feel suicidal.
- You might be afraid of people, of places, of being on your own.
- You might be experiencing relationship or sexual difficulties.
You are not to blame and you are not alone.