Common Reactions to Sexual Violence
Sexual assault of any kind can result in a host of reactions. Some are immediate, some are long term. The variety of reactions may depend on the victim's previous life experience, the kind of force used, the relationship of the offender to the victim, the age of the victim, etc. Most victims experience levels of fear, anger, self-blame, depression and anxiety that can be exhibited both emotionally and physically. Difficulty sleeping and concentrating, nightmares, flashbacks, emotional numbing are all common reactions to sexual assault.