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Shame/guilt: Shame/guilt is just about the darkest emotion people can face. It presupposes that there's an audience to our alleged wrongdoings, and that devastating judgement will be passed. Something to remember is that everyone has something they feel ashamed about; it's inescapable. Find a reputable psychotherapist to speak with. Getting it off one's chest in a safe, nonjudgmental place is the first step. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Seek help: If a person believes they have been sexually assaulted, they may have physical symptoms directly due to the assault itself, including pain in the area of penetration (if this happened). Behaviorally there could be a feeling of shame and fear due to the sense of having lost control. It's always best to seek help from your physician if you are not sure. Seek help right after it happens. ...Read more
Be her friend: Don't try to be her therapist. Recovery will include making sense of the event, recognizing what is still intact, focusing on the future rather than the past, on how she can still love and be loved. If she's having intrusive memories or other PTSD-type symptoms, encourage her to get these treated -- we have interventions that work pretty well. I am glad you are there for her. ...Read more
Many: This question suggests that you may be in danger. If you are please seek appropriate help immediately. Features: the health, age & size of the victim, the method & location of assault, the body location of the battery, the force inflicted on the body. The reason for the assault, the mental status of the attacker. Head/neck injuries are the most significant followed by chest and abdominal trauma. ...Read more
Take your: 3 year old to a doctor for evaluation if you suspect any such incident ASAP. ...Read more
Shame: In our society at least, it's inconceivable in mainstream thinking that the male can be the victim; it always has to be the female. It's bad enough when a female is sexually assaulted, God knows, but, in my opinion, it's almost worse when the male is the victim. My colleagues may disagree with me on this, and I hope all those with diffeering opinions chime in here. It's an incredibly important. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Talk to a therapist: In a confidential setting with a competent psychologist or therapist i recommend that you talk through all the feelings associated with being assaulted. Often people who were assaulted have shame around the incident. You can find a therapist close to you here: http://www.Rainn.Org/get-help be well..It will get better. ...Read more
Big subject: For an in-depth discussion consider discussing with your medical provider or asking a provider on Healthtap Prime or Concierge. ...Read more
What the symptoms from being sexual assaulted? And how can I recover myself if I haven't ask or told anybody that I was sexual assaulted?
You need help: First of all you need to get help. This abuse is to damaging to the body. You must seek help to have a healthy recovery. Now get going ...Read more
I'm a forty five yeared old woman, what are the affects of an assault on a woman with mental illness compared to a normal average woman?
It depends: The effects of a traumatic event (or any event) depend on the psychological meanings it holds for each individual person, based on his/her personal history and psychological makeup. If a current trauma stirs up feelings/memories connected with unresolved past traumas (consciously or unconsciously), we may well see a more extreme reaction than otherwise. There is no general answer. It all depends. ...Read more
I was assaulted by my brother & cousin. I feel traumatised and in general am very sensitive. Don't want to get professional help, any self-help tips?
Get help now: You should report this as soon as possible. Tell family and friends immediately, and inform law enforcement at the same time. Family and friends can be helpful during the most difficult early moments after an assault. This is very important for the following reasons: to keep the same person from assaulting others, to provide psychological closure for you, to rule out medical problems. Best wishes ...Read more
Unfortunately !: Yes. Mostly this is often unreported because of the sense of shame or threats from the perpetrator. Commonly, the victims know the assailant. Unreported assaults can cause severe psychologic damage ! ...Read more
See your doctor!: There are so many issues with sexual assault. Anyone who has been assaulted needs to be tested for std's. You can discuss with your doctor whether you want to have a full exam or pursue counseling. You should also consider filing charges with the police. Most people are scared and not sure what to do. If you are hurt, you should go to the er for care right away. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Local ER: It is very important to have the courage and trust to go to your local emergency room as soon as possible to get the support and care necessary for your mental health as well as collecting evidence for your protection. ...Read more
Mental health: Sexual assault is a terrible thing to endure, and stress after such a trauma is common and a normal reaction. The best way to overcome such flashbacks is to seek counselling from a mental health professional (psychiatry or psychology). Occasionally medical therapy can help as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer