Sexual assault is a traumatic event that may cause victims to experience a range of physical and emotional reactions. These reactions are common for most trauma victims and have nothing to do with personal weakness. Recognizing what is happening to you up front may help you handle things better.
Every trauma victim reacts differently; you may experience all, some, or none of these reactions.
Common Reactions after Trauma
Common reactions after trauma can last for several days, a few weeks, or longer. Victims are encouraged to rely on family members, friends, or other trusted persons for support. Your Uniformed Victim Advocate (UVA) and SAPR Victim Advocate (VA) are also available to assist in the recovery process, including referrals to a variety of counseling services that can help you move forward.
Go Easy on Yourself: Recovery Is Hard Work
Healing from sexual assault varies from person to person. And it's not always a steady process. You're going to experience some ups and downs. But don't blame yourself for sliding backwards or not feeling better as quickly as you (or others) think you should. Be patient, set a pace that's right for you, and remember, it’s not a sign of weakness to ask for help.
To learn more, visit the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response page.
A Marine who files an Unrestricted Report of sexual assault may request an expedited transfer. The intent is to assist in the victim’s recovery by moving the victim to a new location.
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When a victim of sexual assault decides to report, it's important to understand the options available.