Self-care is looking after ourselves, both physically and emotionally. Practising self-care is very important after experiencing sexual violence but can be hard to make time for and put into action. Find some tips to help with that.
You can try using grounding techniques when you feel strong emotions after experiencing rape or any other type of sexual violence. It can help you feel calmer and more in control.
Everyone reacts differently to sexual violence. Being able to recognise your feelings and understand them as reactions to what you experienced can help you to cope.
Anxiety & panic attacks
Anxiety is a feeling of panic that something's not right or that something bad's going to happen. Here you can learn more about anxiety, panic attacks and some tools to manage them.
Blame & guilt
After experiencing rape or sexual violence, it’s common to feel guilt, shame or like you're to blame. But it was not your fault and you are not to blame. Learn more about these feelings here.
Flashbacks are vivid memories that can feel very real and like they are happening now. Learn more about flashbacks and ways to cope with them here.
Sleep problems & nightmares
If you have trouble sleeping or experience nightmares, try our helpful tips.