Victims of sexual assault experience a wide range of feelings and responses based on many factors, including the type of assault, whether the perpetrator was known or unknown, previous trauma history, and the reactions of others following the assault.
Persons who are claiming or facing sexual assault charges may experience a wide range of feelings and responses based on many factors. It is important to remember that there is no "normal" response. Some commonly reported reactions include:
- Shock, numbness, or difficulty concentrating
- Depression, sadness, isolation, lack of interest in activities
- Anxiety, jitteriness
- Difficulties sleeping
- Drinking excessively and/or using drugs
- Difficulties in relationships and trusting others
- Anger, frustration, and revenge fantasies
- Self-harmful thoughts or behaviors
Counseling may help identify other reactions and provide help in coping.
Susan Owens • Title IX Coordinator
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900 College Street • Belton, TX 76513
Page last updated August 04, 2020