Should you be in need of psychological assistance, there are resources that can help. I strongly encourage anyone who is a survivor of sexual assault and needs to talk to someone (or, for that matter, who has a loved one who is a survivor of sexual assault who may need help) to contact RAINN or some similarly reputable organisation that helps survivors. You can call RAINN toll-free (at least in the U.S. and probably Canada) at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).
Alternately, there are online resources at https://online.rainn.org, including a chat, which may be more helpful for people who find it difficult to speak on the phone. Should you need assistance finding in-person resources, https://centers.rainn.org/ has you covered. A list of tips for survivors about media consumption can be found here, a list of articles on PTSD flashbacks can be found here, and a list of articles for friends & family on helping survivors and managing one’s own reactions can be found here. RAINN’s abridged terms of service follow:
And should you need more information on the organisation, there’s a brief video you can watch here.The National Sexual Assault Online Hotline
Chat online with a trained staff member who can provide you confidential crisis support.
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Please take care of yourself. It may feel like we’re living in a slow-moving horror film, but there are people out there who care and can help. It helps to talk about these things with trusted friends and family, as well, but I strongly encourage anyone who’s dealing with severe trauma to seek professional assistance. And if the first professional doesn’t seem helpful, find another – sometimes you just don’t click with a therapist, and that’s fine. But there are some things that laypeople like us simply aren’t equipped to deal with, and there’s no shame in asking for help. Indeed, asking for help often takes a commendable amount of strength. So, as I’ve said, please take care of yourself.