Everyone reacts differently to the trauma of rape and sexual abuse. You may be feeling one or more of these things or you may be feeling none of them. Whatever your reactions remember they are normal for you. What is not normal is the traumatic event that happened to you.
These are some of the feelings we hear about fairly often:
Worry about another attack
Unable to sleep/eat
Unable to think about anything else other than the assault
Compulsion to shower/bathe all the time to try and feel clean
You may have physical injuries
Ashamed or have feelings of guilt (even though it was not your fault)
Difficulties in close relationships
You may be worried about pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases or HIV/AIDS
It is often difficult to talk about the attack with people close to you. It may be that talking to someone you don't know in confidence may help. The volunteers on the helpline can provide support and understanding. More info: https://phytonutrition-sante.com/et/perle-bleue-arvamused/
You can contact the Wiltshire Rape Support Line by calling; 01793 541144. We are open Tuesday evenings 7.00pm - 10.00pm, Thursdays 9.30am - 12.30pm & 7.00pm - 10.00pm and Sunday afternoons 2.00pm - 4.00pm.
There is an answerphone on at all other times. If you are able to leave a safe number we will call you back during these times or at other times by arrangement.
Or you can write to Rape Support, c/o 31A The Brittox, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 1AJ
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