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  • Writer's pictureJackie Windham

Understanding PTSD After Sexual Assault

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can develop after someone experiences or witnesses a life-threatening event, like sexual assault. PTSD can cause a variety of symptoms, including flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety, and depression.

If you have been sexually assaulted, it is important to know that you are not alone. PTSD is a treatable condition, and there are many resources available to help you heal.

Here are some things to understand about PTSD after sexual assault:

  • It is a normal reaction to an abnormal event. PTSD is not a sign of weakness or failure. It is a normal reaction to a very traumatic event.

  • It is not your fault. You did not cause the sexual assault, and you are not to blame for your PTSD symptoms.

  • There is help available. There are many effective treatments for PTSD, including therapy and medication.

  • It takes time to heal. PTSD is not a quick fix. It takes time and effort to heal from sexual assault and PTSD.

If you think you may have PTSD after sexual assault, it is important to seek professional help. A therapist can help you understand your symptoms and develop a treatment plan that is right for you.

Here are some resources that can help:

  • National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE

  • RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network):

  • National Center for PTSD:

Remember, you are not alone. There is help available, and you can heal from sexual assault and PTSD.

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