Healing From Trauma
Sexual violence is a traumatic experience that can have an impact on all areas of your life.
You may experience a wide range of feelings such as shock, fear, disbelief, recurring memories, outrage, confusion, sadness, despair, and anger. There is no right or wrong way for you to feel or react. All of your feelings are valid.
Steps You Can Take
- Seek emotional support. Talk to someone. It can be a counsellor, friends, family or by calling the Sexual Assault and Harassment Phone Line 902-425-1066.
- Practice self-care. Healing is a process, which takes time. If you can find time for self-care, it will help in your healing. Here is a list of things you can ask yourself.
- Have your voice heard. Speaking out about sexual violence and rape culture can be an empowering moment for some survivors if and when you are ready. Alternatively, you may choose to tell no one, tell only yourself, share your story in your self-help group, or confide in trusted friends or family. Anything you choose to survive is powerful and is your choice.
If you are a support person for someone who is currently on the path of healing, remember everyone's healing is different and to support them in the way that they want. Also remember to take care of yourself.