15 doctors weighed in:

Is shame common with victims of rape and sexual assault?

15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Luis Gonzalez
Obstetrics & Gynecology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Definitely !

Rape and sexual assaults are acts of violence.
Society has made these into taboos. Victims of rape need to get counseling with professionals to understand their feelings and deal with the damaging effects of this experience in positive ways.

In brief: Definitely !

Rape and sexual assaults are acts of violence.
Society has made these into taboos. Victims of rape need to get counseling with professionals to understand their feelings and deal with the damaging effects of this experience in positive ways.
Dr. Luis Gonzalez
Dr. Luis Gonzalez
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Very common

Many rape victims are reluctant to talk about their experience.
They are ashamed they allowed themselves to get in that situation and may have shame about the abuse of their bodies even though they usually are unwilling victims. It is a significant barrier to investigations and prosecution of rapists.

In brief: Very common

Many rape victims are reluctant to talk about their experience.
They are ashamed they allowed themselves to get in that situation and may have shame about the abuse of their bodies even though they usually are unwilling victims. It is a significant barrier to investigations and prosecution of rapists.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Jason Berman
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Quite common

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In brief: Quite common

You can look for help here: http://www.
Rainn.Org/get-help be well, .
Dr. Jason Berman
Dr. Jason Berman
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Victim

Guilt and shame are very common.

In brief: Victim

Guilt and shame are very common.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Common and worth challenging. To get on with your life and enjoy yourself you will need to get past these feelings and convert them to ones that enhance your worth. Talk therapy, perhaps with a PTSD specialist will help a lot. You need not blame yourself - no matter what. If you believe you played a role - all you need to do is learn from it - you are still not blameworthy.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Shame

Absolutely!!! And that victim needs to find a reputable psychotherapist who specializes in rape trauma.
In such cases, the more one can speak of being raped, recognizing it was not their fault, the less shame there will be. And why? Because rape victims often feel "dirty" and have a paralytic fear of being judged by people, whom, they find out are in absolutely no position to do so.

In brief: Shame

Absolutely!!! And that victim needs to find a reputable psychotherapist who specializes in rape trauma.
In such cases, the more one can speak of being raped, recognizing it was not their fault, the less shame there will be. And why? Because rape victims often feel "dirty" and have a paralytic fear of being judged by people, whom, they find out are in absolutely no position to do so.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Dr. Andrew Berry
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Dr. Brian Lynch
Family Medicine

In brief: Shame

Shame is very common.
It is an inevitable feeling :something happened to you that you did not want to happen. Think about it , when something like that happens we have to feel bad there's no other possibility. We give a name to that feeling and that is a feeling of shame. Then there is guilt, guilt is the problem of feeling that we are going to be punished the somehow it was our fault.

In brief: Shame

Shame is very common.
It is an inevitable feeling :something happened to you that you did not want to happen. Think about it , when something like that happens we have to feel bad there's no other possibility. We give a name to that feeling and that is a feeling of shame. Then there is guilt, guilt is the problem of feeling that we are going to be punished the somehow it was our fault.
Dr. Brian Lynch
Dr. Brian Lynch
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