WHAT ARE THE RESPONSES OF SEXUAL ASSAULT?

ACCREDITED SENIOR PSYCHOTHERAPIST/COUNSELLOR -Dr.Fawzy Masaoud-LONDON, ENGLAND

Sexual assault is an act of violence initiated without the consent of the victim. The victim will usually experience terror, helplessness and fear during the assault, which will tend to put the victim into crisis. This crisis will overtake the person’s traditional psychological resources and problem-solving skills. His/her belief system about the world being a safe place will be shattered and their+ positive view of themselves potentially destroyed. The victim may face alienation from society due to the damaging myths about sexual assault and there may be a lack of family, social and institutional support. This is a revictimization by the medical, legal and social interventions and may lead to powerlessness and lack of control over the victim’s own life. Post-traumatic stress syndrome related to sexual assault is a violation of the private aspects of a person’s self, committed on the physical and emotional integrity of the person. It has…

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