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Recovering from Sexual Assault
Recovery from sexual assault is a complicated and controversial concept. Some people believe that with counseling and time you can recover completely from a sexual assault. Others maintain that some aspect of a sexual assault will be with the victim of the assault forever. Some argue that recovery is the wrong term because it is associated with illness or disease and that the effects of a sexual assault should not be viewed in such a light. No matter what your perspective on this debate may be, the information provided below may help you think about different aspects of the process following a sexual assault.
It is vital for a victim of sexual assault to receive medical attention, regardless of his or her decision to report the crime to the police.
A forensic medical exam may be performed at a hospital or other healthcare facility, by a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE), sexual assault forensic examiner (SAFE) or another medical professional.
There are many ways that you can help a friend or family member who has been raped or sexually assaulted.
If a loved one has been assaulted you may have many questions and emotions on your mind. This is normal. Seeing someone you love in pain can lead to a wide range of feelings.
The following are steps you can take to help take care of yourself as you recover from the assault that you experienced.
Important steps to follow after you have been sexually assaulted from finding a safe place to being tested for STI's and pregnancy.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted or is in an abusive relationship, there are things to consider when thinking about safety.
Movies, TV shows and Talkshows that show rape, sexual assault or child sexual abuse can be very difficult for survivors to watch. Use the suggestions here to make your experiences safer.
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