DRCC resource: Impacts of rape & sexual assault

01 May 2020


DRCC RESOURCE Impacts of rape and sexual assault
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People have very individual responses to the trauma of rape and sexual assault and the long-term effects also vary widely. Because of this, it is important to respect each person’s way of coping. These impacts may occur many years after a rape or assault as well as in the immediate aftermath. Thi document describes some typical responses and suggests ways to respect and support people experiencing the aftermath of trauma. It may be particularly useful for frontline workers and for people supporting a friend, relative or colleague.