|Getting Back on Track
| It is important for you to
know that your reactions are normal and temporary
reactions to an abnormal event. The fear and confusion will lessen with time,
but the trauma may disrupt your life for awhile.
You may experience any or all of the reactions we list in
Universal Reactions. Some reactions may
be triggered by people, places or things connected to the assault, while other
reactions may seem to come from "out of the blue." Remember that no
matter how much difficulty you're having dealing with the assault, it does not
mean you're "going crazy" or becoming "mentally ill."
Talking about the assault will help you feel better, but may
also be really hard to do. In fact, it's common to want to avoid conversations
and situations that may remind you of the assault. You may have a sense of
wanting to "get on with life" and "let the past be the
past." This is a normal part of the recovery process and may last for
weeks or months. Eventually you will need to deal with your feelings in order
to heal and regain a sense of control over your life. Talking with someone who
can listen and understand - whether it's a friend, family member, a counsellor
or the MPower helpline - is a key part of this process.
It's important to understand that you may not be able to
function at 100% capacity for a while following a major trauma like sexual
assault. You may have problems concentrating or remembering things and may feel
tired or edgy. You may also take longer to recover from everyday stresses.
Don't be too hard on yourself -- you need time to recover
emotionally and that may detract from your energy for awhile.
No-one deserves to
No survivor deserves the blame.
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