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Consequences of sexual assault

Here are some of the effects that sexual assault may have on an individual

  • Physical problems such as headaches, fatigue, STI, unwanted pregnancy, injuries
  • Psychological problems such as sadness, depression, anxiety, guilt, anger, rage, fear, low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, self mutilation
  • Sexual problems such as lessening of desire or becoming hypersexualised, pain during intercourse or disgust with sexuality
  • Difficulty in relationships with spouse, friends or family
  • Dependency problems with drugs, alcohol, gambling or medication

These consquences can be experienced by all victims of sexual assault whether they be male or female

It is important to reach out and get support when dealing with these consequences.

Some sections of the information on this web site have been taken in part or in whole from the Information Guide for Sexual Assault Victims (2008)

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