Common After Effects of Sexual Assault

During a sexual assault, the most common reaction is fear of physical violence and/or death. After a sexual assault, the following after effects may occur:

flashbacks

fear

anxiety

self blame

shock

disbelief

denial

anger

shame

embarrassment

sleep disturbances

eating disturbances/pattern changes

headaches

muscle tension/aches

feelings of powerlessness

lack of concentration

fear of being alone

decrease in self esteem

decrease trust in others

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