The emotional trauma caused by a sexual assault can be severe and long-lasting. You may be affected in many different ways.
Although each person is unique, there are some feelings and reactions that most sexual assault victims experience. It may be helpful for you to know about these responses. However, always remember that even though many victims experience similar reactions, there are still individual differences in how people respond to the trauma of rape.
You may experience some or all of these symptoms. They may occur immediately, or you may have a delayed reaction weeks or months later. The feelings may be very intense at times. Sometimes the feelings seem to go away for a while and then come back again. Certain situations, such as seeing the assailant or testifying in court, may intensify the symptoms or cause them to reoccur after a period during which you have been feeling better.