Surviving sexual assault or being sexually abused isn't usually a one-time experience. Not only does being abused set us up for more abuse, but the repercussions of it tend to echo throughout the lifespan of survivors, affecting them in different ways and at different times - sometimes even unconsciously.
Being a survivor is a lifelong journey of healing and repair, and the experience usually has had a profound effect that ripples through the survivors lives in different areas, depending upon what happened & when.
It's important to know that your experience, however it was, is valid and you deserve attention and space to share your story, to be heard, and to be cared about. Unfortunately, due to Stigmatized Loss, many survivors haven't had that kind of experience.
Stigmatized Loss: The inability to mourn publicly the losses one experiences due to the stigma attached to the loss (like losses that occur during sexual assault) thereby forcing a victim to mourn alone in isolation.
It's not just the pain of what is experienced and what is lost, but also the pain that it usually has to be mourned alone, in isolation, without the space to talk about what happened and how it affects us.
Experiencing Stigmatized Losses, without finding a safe space to talk about what happened, can lead to poorer mental health outcomes, with higher rates of anxiety, depression, dissociative experiences, and worse PTSD symptoms.
We work with Sexual Assault survivors to provide a loving, healing, safe space where you can process your experiences, be seen & supported around what happened, gain important knowledge or insight around how this experience may be affecting you, and learn new ways to cope with the losses you incurred.
Sexual trauma can happen to anyone, of any age, any gender, any race, any abilities, any socioeconomic status, anywhere. You deserve support & caring.
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