#MeToo and Overcoming Sexual Assault

I’m sure you’ve seen many #metoo posts over the past couple weeks where women are coming together to show how commonplace sexual assault and harassment are.

One in six women are either a survivor of rape or attempted rape. Of the estimated 293,000 people who will be sexually assaulted this year alone, 44% will be under the age of 18 and 80% will be under the age of 30 (source: TeenVogue).

This simple statement helps show the magnitude of what’s been going on behind closed doors, at the workplace, and pretty much anywhere. It’s bringing women together by showing them that they are not alone and that they should not be ashamed.

Recovering from sexual trauma takes time and the healing process can be painful. If you’re experiencing PTSD, anxiety or depression, this is a normal reaction to trauma. It’s important to remember that you are not to blame.

It’s also vital that you reach out and talk to someone you trust. Don’t try to keep it bottled up inside of you. In order to heal, you need to open up and talk about it. You may feel isolated and disconnected, but it’s important to stay connected to family and friends and continue to participate in social activities. Support from other people is vital to your recovery.

If you want to reach out for help immediately after an assault, a good first action is to call the National Sexual Assault hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673), where you can talk to a trained professional from a local sexual assault service provider.

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