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What Are the 3 Types of Trauma?

Psychological trauma occurs after a person experiences an event that is extremely stressful, such as active combat, violent accidents, and incidents of sexual violence. While not everyone who experiences a stressful event will develop trauma, psychological damage is unfortunately common among survivors of sexual assault. There are several types of trauma a
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What Are the Types of Sexual Assault?

Sexual violence is an all-encompassing term that refers to any sexual activity that occurs without the consent of the victim. It can include acts of physical violence, such as sexual assault or abuse, as well as electronic harassment, inappropriate comments, and stalking. Sexual assault is one of the most common forms of
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What Are the Long-Term Effects of a Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault can impact your mind, body, and psychological well-being. Experiencing an assault can affect you for years after the event, leading to serious complications. Many survivors develop mental health conditions, severe reactions to triggering events, and unhealthy and dangerous coping mechanisms, among other adverse effects, following their assault. #1: Depression Depression
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How Art Can Help Sexual Assault Survivors

Creative expression is important, especially for sexual assault survivors. Studies show that art can be an effective tool for healing in mental health treatment programs, where art therapy is an important component in patients’ treatment regimens. For survivors of sexual assault, art creates a safe, healthy outlet to express emotions and process
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10 Ways to Heal After Sexual Assault

Sexual assault can lead to significant emotional turmoil for months or even years following the act of violence. If you are a survivor, finding pathways to recovery can be a challenge — but with the right support and resources, healing is possible. There are many actions you can take to seek justice
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What Is the Role of a Sexual Assault Advocate?

In the aftermath of sexual violence, survivors need support. Enduring an act of sexual assault can lead to months and years of emotional turmoil, and support services are vital to ensure that survivors receive the care they need following the trauma. One important role in sexual violence resource organizations is the sexual
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How Can Telehealth Help Sexual Assault Victims?

With the spread of the novel coronavirus, many businesses, non-profit organizations, and government agencies are transitioning to online-based services. The rise of telehealth, or remote healthcare, may increase the accessibility of medical treatment for many people. Sexual assault survivors in particular may benefit from telehealth services, especially if they live in remote
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How to Stop Victim Blaming

Victim blaming is pervasive and harmful to survivors of sexual violence. This act occurs when someone blames a survivor for his or her own sexual assault, instead of rightfully placing the blame on the perpetrator of that act. Victim blaming can take many different forms, but it is the responsibility of advocates,
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