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“Rape is a violent crime. It brutally assaults the victim’s core self and the physical, psychological, neurological, and cognitive systems that integrate functioning,” says Suzanne Phillips, Psy.D., ABPP.

Rape is any form of non-consensual sexual contact. Excellent examples are the use of force, pressure, drugs, threat, or influence to get an individual to do a sexual act unwillingly. Victims of rape can be anyone. It doesn’t discriminate age or gender. It happens in different situations such as a date, a party, walking alone in a dark place, or visiting an acquaintance or a friend. However, women are the most susceptible to becoming a target since society considers them a little weaker compared to men.

 

Things About Rape, Sexual Assault, And Abuse

Different states and countries define sexual assault/rape/abuse distinctly.  Rape means forcing an anal, oral, or vaginal penetration unto the victim with the use of a body part or object by the perpetrator. However, sexual assault is raising awareness of abuse on any sexual activity without the individual’s approval.

“Common reactions to sexual assault include feeling like you can’t feel safe again, feeling ashamed, low esteem for self or others, feeling scared, and wondering if your life can ever be the same,” says licensed clinical psychologist Elizabeth Ramquist, Ph.D.

Examples of sexual assault and abuse:

  • Another person touching your private parts such as genitals, breasts, or butt without your permission
  • Another person rubbing their genitals to any part of your body without your permission
  • Another individual who is forcing you to touch or see their genitals without your consent
  • Another individual kissing, touching or rubbing your body against your will while holding you down

 

What If You Are A Victim?

You may currently be in a chaotic state after the horrifying ordeal of being a victim of sexual abuse. However, you can try motivating yourself to do courageous things that will save your life. Get away from the perpetrator as fast as you can, and find a safe place such as an area with a high density of people to find an individual to help you. Try to call 911 if you can get the chance then contact a family member or a friend that you can trust for help.

 

How To Handle The Aftermath

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John M. Grohol, Psy.D. said that “It is about the power differential between the abuser and the victim. Most of these crimes are committed by men toward women, and most people know their abuser.”

The possibility of important evidence lying on every part of your body is high. It will help you get justice against the perpetrator. Don’t clean or change anything on your body except for your clothing which you can put in a bag.  Do not take a shower or a bath as it may wash most of the evidence on your body. Try not to eat, drink, smoke, or take drugs before the medical examination so you won’t extract any evidence from your body. See a doctor to have an examination of the possibility of any sexually transmitted disease, and to get treatment for any physical injury during the assault. It is advisable to ask the hospital staff to contact the police for you to file a report about the incident.

It is an agonizing event for most individuals to become a victim of sexual assault, abuse, or rape. However, it should not stop you from asking for support and help. There are various organizations, centers, and agencies that work non-stop to help victims of such incidents. Recovering will be a long and painful process, but scars and the trauma will heal surely. Lastly, put in mind that you’re not at fault for the horrifying event. Everything will become better as long as you’re alive.

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