Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center

Sexual Assault Misconceptions

Several misconceptions exist about sexual assault.  These misconceptions often shift responsibility and blame from the assailant to the victim.  Understanding the misconceptions surrounding sexual assault may help you in your recovery.  What happened to you was a crime.  You are not to blame for the assailant’s behavior.

Survivors of Sexual Assault Handbook

Common Reactions to Sexual Assault

Each survivor of sexual assault responds uniquely to the assault, and the recovery process is different for each individual. These reactions may be experienced days, months, or years after an assault. Survivors suffer a great deal of physical and emotional trauma as a result of a sexual assault. Responses to a sexual assault can be immediate or delayed. Each survivor responds uniquely, and the recovery process is different for each individual.


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