Give yourself permission to feel what you are feeling and experiencing.
Trauma creates changes in our body, mind and emotions. They are a natural response to the trauma. Seek help to understand these changes and ways to manage them.
Contact WestCASA or a CASA in your region.
Many people think that they need to talk about their sexual assault in detail to recover. This is a myth and is not true. Counselling often means working on managing the trauma symptoms and regaining a sense of control.
Talk to trusted people and share your feelings.
Connecting to others may help you feel supported.
Give yourself permission to have ‘me time’ to recover; rather than ‘soldiering on’.
Care for your body.
If you choose not to report the sexual assault to police, your GP or CASA services, you can talk to the triage nurse from Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (03 9341 6200, 580 Swanston Street, Carlton)
You can be checked out for any internal injuries, STD’s, HIV or other diseases. Melbourne Sexual Health Centre provides a sensitive, non-judgemental and confidential service to individuals.