Becoming a Survivor
If you have experienced sexual assault, you are a victim of a terrible crime. What happened was not your fault. Even further, nothing you did caused you to be assaulted. The only person to blame is the assailant – the person who committed the sexual assault.
You might experience a variety of emotions and/or physical reactions to the assault. You may feel shocked, sad, depressed, embarrassed, humiliated, angry, afraid, confused, betrayed or many other emotions. You may disbelieve or deny that this even happened to you. You may experience disordered eating, loss of the desire to eat, trouble sleeping, problems oversleeping, nausea, headaches, body fatigue or other physical symptoms. Experiencing any or none of these reactions is normal – everyone reacts to sexual assault differently.
You have survived a sexual assault. Although you were victimized, you are now a survivor and when you are ready, you can take efforts to regain control and heal from the sexual assault. We want to help you be aware of the opportunities you have toward healing and empowerment. It is often helpful for survivors to share their experience with those they trust, seek medical attention to ensure their physical health and well being, utilize Lighthouse Services or other community services, receive counseling and report the crime. You can choose to receive any or all of these services.