Top Strategies to Overcome Sexual Trauma and Experience Relief
A shocking amount of people across the world experience incidents that result in sexual trauma. In fact, as reported by RAINN, “Every 68 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. And every 9 minutes, that victim is a child. Meanwhile, only 25 out of every 1,000 perpetrators will end up in prison.”
While victims of sexual violence are often celebrated for their resiliency, the reality is that sexual trauma can have both short-term and long-term psychological impacts. VAWnet even states, “Short-term effects include shock, fear, anxiety, confusion, and withdrawal. Many survivors experience a reduction in symptoms within a few months, whereas some women experience distress for years.”
Due to the disruptive psychological nature of sexual abuse, many victims are seeking strategies to help them overcome these symptoms and experience relief. We’ve done the research, so you don’t have to! Here are the top strategies for overcoming sexual trauma.
Accept Sexual Abuse Support
Receiving support from like-minded individuals and organizations designed to offer resources to victims of sexual trauma is a great way to gain access to helpful resources. Here at Overcoming 2 Become (O2B), we are a sexual trauma support organization dedicated to helping individuals from all walks of life on their journey to healing.
In addition to offering in-person resources in Texas, we established a prominent online community of survivors as well as family members of victims. Joining us at O2B or even a similar organization can help you lean on the care of those who have experienced similar incidents.
Gain Perspective About Your Trauma
Many survivors of sexual abuse and sex-related trauma tend to blame themselves for what happened. Remember, no matter what you were wearing, where you were going, or what you said, you did not deserve what happened to you.
Achieving a healthy perspective about the sexual abuse you experience is an empowering step to take. It is also an extremely beneficial strategy to remind yourself that you were not responsible for what happened to you.
Consult a Sexual Abuse Therapist
While it’s hard for us to picture talk therapy as a valuable resource, studies have shown that therapists trained in helping victims of sexual abuse can make a significant, positive difference. They can provide consistent support and tools to make everyday life more bearable.
As reported by Healthline, “Talk therapy encourages open and honest dialogue about issues that cause you distress. Through your relationship with your therapist, you’ll work to identify and understand how these stressors are impacting your life, plus develop strategies to manage the symptoms.”
Overcoming 2 Become is now offering online support groups, one for survivors of sexual abuse and another for family members and friends who want to know how to support survivors throughout their healing process. Join hands with dozens of like-minded individuals who can offer support, a caring ear, and understanding.
For more information about the resources offered at Overcoming 2 Become and our support group meeting times, we invite you to Reach Out to us at any time.
We are excited about your healing journey, and we are rooting for you!