Sexual violence is a crime that can have long-term effects on the victims. The physical and psychological damage can be significant and often lasts for years after the abuse has ended. Victims may struggle with a wide range of problems, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and substance abuse. They may also find it difficult to trust other people and form relationships. This can lead to social isolation and feelings of shame and self-blame.
Sexual violence can have a profound effect on the victim’s family and friends. They may feel helpless and responsible for what has happened. They may also experience guilt, anger, and anxiety.
If you have been affected by sexual violence, it is important to get help as soon as possible. There are a number of organizations that can provide support and assistance. Remember, you are not alone.