When you have been sexually assaulted it can effect your life in different ways. It affects your feelings and thoughts. It can make you feel shame, sad, numb, angry, betrayed and powerless. It is normal for your body and mind to react to certain ways when you have been hurt. If these feelings continue for a while the medical name is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Why should I have sexual assault counselling?
It may give you useful techniques and skills that you can use now. It might help you think about your current behaviours and feelings in a different way. It might stop stress and triggers before they affect your whole life.
What will I do in sexual assault counselling?
Some people don’t want to talk about the past. Counselling will look at what is happening for you now and help you deal with it. With the counsellor you will explore your feelings and ways of feeling safe when you go out or are with your friends.
If the sexual assault was recent you might talk to the counsellor about practical things such as how to tell, who to talk to and who to trust. Your counsellor may also talk to you about your legal options.
How do I know if the counsellor will be able to help me?
You need to be able to talk openly with your counsellor. If you don't think you're getting anywhere, you can ask the agency for a different counsellor. That's a part of the process - to be able to speak and tell the counsellor what's working and what's not.
How do I know if the sexual assault counselling is working?
You will feel a change. You will feel different, more able to cope, more confident and more hopeful. You will feel like you have a changed view, and have more energy. Counselling might be hard at the start but you should feel things becoming easier over time.
All CASA services are free.