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The Impact of Sexual Assault

Physical Effects

  • Changes in eating patterns
  • Changes in sleeping patterns
  • Eating Disorders
  • Headaches
  • Nightmares
  • Physical injuries
  • Pregnancy
  • Sexual transmitted diseases
  • Substance abuse

Emotional Effects

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Denial
  • Depression, sadness
  • Fear
  • Mood swings
  • Helplessness
  • Muscular tension
  • Numbness
  • Phobias
  • Embarrassment

Social Effects

  • Changes in lifestyle
  • Difficulty with intimacy
  • Difficulty getting things accomplished
  • Fear of being alone
  • Disruption in sexual relations
  • Discomfort around other people
  • Loss of trust in self and others
  • Fear/nervousness in crowds
  • Withdrawal from people, relationships. activities
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