Awareness. A few suggestions: watch where you go, and go with someone you know, trust, and enjoy. Dress modestly. Stay observant so that you can respond as needed to developing situations. Getting extremely intoxicated would make this difficult to impossible. Also, don't leave your drink unattended -- where someone may add something to it.
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!
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.
Also see this site. Http://www. Rainn. Org/get-help this is a non-profit excellent resource for people who have been sexually assaulted. Be well, .
Physical Abuse. This sounds like physical abuse unless you are hitting the woman while in a sexual act like rape. I found a site on the net that may help you learn the definition. Http://www. Commerce. Wa.gov/site/261/default. Aspx.
It is assault. Hitting any one is assault!
Yes. Rape crises centers are very knowledgeable about various websites, or just "google" it on the internet.
Try this one. An excellent, non-profit site to help those impacted by sexual abuse: http://www. Rainn. Org/get-help.
Get counselling. If the statute of limitations has not run its' course, it can still be reported to the proper authorities. Either way, please get some counselling to "remove the guilt" so that you can "move forward" in a psychologically "healthy way".
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.
Always inappropriate. In a "civilized" society in which we live, there is no legitimate place for either sexual assault or harassment, and is a job termination offense (harassment) in most policy manuals, or a felony in the judicial system. (assault)..
A man's perspective. The vast majority of men consider a man's forcing himself on a woman who's unwilling or unable to consent is the most unmasculine and disgraceful thing he can possibly do. Despite the rhetoric, we don't "need to be taught" this -- we know it as soon as we reach puberty. Most men will involve ourselves bodily to protect a woman in danger. In prison, rapists are scorned / despised by fellow-inmates.
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.
See an expert in SA. I'm so sorry you were assaulted. The fb's are one of the worst parts and leave most feeling out of control. You need to work with a therapist who specializes in sa who can help you learn some coping skills for this and all residuals of the assault. Some things my patients have found helpful are completely concentrate on something as a distraction, figure out what the triggers are to avoid.
Many ways. A person can call a rape crisis line even if the assault happened a long time ago. The counselor can help you find a therapist to talk to. The national sexual assault hotline is 1-800-656-hope or go to www. Rainn. Org and click on the hotline online. It is free and confidential. It's important to find a good therapist who you feel safe and comfortable with. It may not be the first one you see.
Options for help. If you are a victim of a crime and there is a police report, then in many states you can qualify for assistance from "crime victims reparations". Contact your local department of mental health to see if such a program exists where you are. They can help pay for treatment if you qualify. Other interventions include individual and group psychotherapy. Emdr and tfcbt also are effective treaments.