Sexual assault is an incredibly personal and destructive crime. Its effects on victims and their loved ones can be felt psychologically, emotionally, and physically. They can be brief in duration or last a very long time.
It is important to remember that there is no one normal reaction to sexual assault. Every individual's response will be different depending on the situation.
Rape Trauma Syndrome
Rape Trauma Syndrome is an acute and long-term emotional reorganization process that occurs as a result of completed or attempted rape, and lasts for months or years after the actual rape has occurred.