Why Counseling?

You do not have to endure the painful after effects of sexual violations on your own. Having a safe space to talk about the sexual violation means you are not alone. Sharing your thoughts and feelings will allow you to work through this and its impact on your life. 

Counseling may help you deal with the painful trauma symptoms that survivors of sexual assault often experience.

Counseling may help you begin to feel connected again to things that can seem to have lost their meaning since the violation, or help you to regain a sense of physical and emotional well-being and self-esteem. It can also help you in managing or exploring relationships, goals, or perceptions that have been impacted by your violation.

No matter where you were or what you were doing, the sexual abuse/sexual assault is and was not your fault, and you have the right to respectful, confidential care when you choose.

I felt violated, but I don't know if what happened was really a sexual violation, can I still get counseling?"

Absolutely! It is very common for survivors to not fully be able to understand what happened to them or how they feel about it, especially if it doesn't match up with the concept they had in their head about what would or would not be a violation.

Often it is hard for people to understand that physical violence is not always used in sexual assaults. The assault itself is still considered an act of violence.

It is important to understand that any sort of unwanted sexual encounters or unwanted sexualized actions taken towards you are sexual violations.

  • Fear and overwhelming emotions occur as a result of having someone control your body.
  • The offender may actually act affectionately once the victim is sufficiently under their control and may force the victim to speak and act affectionately towards them.
  • During incidents of sexual violation, victims may feel that their body has betrayed them-their reactions to the abuse seem to contradict what they actually want. These events may make the survivor question whether an assault really happened.

Sexual assaults and violations are often life threatening experiences. Whether you’re a child or an adult, one of the things that should be addressed in counseling is that no matter how you reacted or how you survived, you did the right thing.  

Counseling is a safe and supportive way to express your feelings and reactions about the sexual violations you have experienced. 

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