Healing from Rape

Dealing with the effects of sexual assault can leave a person feeling overwhelmed, humiliated, angry or helpless. In fact, many survivors feel like they want to forget about the whole experience. Making decisions about how to deal with the experience can be an important step in healing and restoring a person’s sense of control over her or his life.

It’s normal to have a difficult time adjusting and coping with the effects of rape or any kind of sexual violence. Some of the ways that people respond to the stress of being assaulted are:

  • Question their own judgement
  • Wonder if the event was their fault
  • Experience intrusive thoughts
  • Feel depressed, angry or numb
  • Substance Abuse
  • Self-Harm
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

What resources are available to me?

With time and support things can get better. If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted don’t be afraid to ask for help. The Counseling and Testing Center provides free and confidential counseling for students and has counselors who specialize in helping people recover from sexual assault. In addition, Student Victim Assistance offers confidential support and resources. The Counseling and Testing Center is available for walk-in appointments daily. Crisis counselors are also available to talk to after hours by phone at 404-413-1640.

Counseling and Testing Center Student Victim Assistance
Citizen’s Trust Building
75 Piedmont Ave., N.E.
2nd floor
404-413-1640
Citizen’s Trust Building
75 Piedmont Ave., N.E.
2nd floor
404-413-1965

There are other community resources available as well:
RAINN
National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-SAFE (7233) or 800-787-3224 (TDD)
National Sexual Assault Hotline 800-656-HOPE (4673)