What To Do If You Are Sexually Assaulted
A 24-hour, year round, confidential hotline has been made available for students to access a sexual assault advocate.
The advocates provide information and support to victims as they make decisions about
- personal needs
DID YOU KNOW:
Common Feelings Following a Sexual Assault
- Shock/Numbness — Feeling nothing, or frozen
- Shame/Humiliation — Feelings of personal violation and degradation
- Confusion — Memory may be incomplete, the event may seem fuzzy
- Anger — Both at the rapist and at the world in general, “Why me?”
- Guilt — Feeling it was somehow your fault or that you should have done something differently
- Powerless — Feeling of a loss of control
- Distrust — No longer trusting people around you, becoming “paranoid” or suspicious
- Sleep/Appetite Changes — Sleeping and/or eating more or less than usual
- Sexual Fears — Feeling that you will never be able to enjoy sexual intimacy
- Physical Ailments — Increase in physical symptoms such as headaches, stomachaches, backaches, nausea, etc. They usually appear to not be related to the sexual assault.