The impact of sexual violence goes far beyond any physical injuries. Recovery takes time, and you can be left with many painful emotions and mental effects.
It is important to remember that every survivor responds to traumatic experiences in their own way. The effects of trauma can be short-term or continue for a long time. Below are some common emotional, mental, and physical effects following experiences of sexual violence. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, and a survivor may have other responses to trauma not shown here.
Common Emotional Responses to Sexual Violence
Common Mental Effects of Sexual Violence
Common Physical Effects of Sexual Violence
Other Common Experiences After Sexual Violence