A trigger is “an experience that triggers a traumatic memory in someone who has experienced trauma.” Even though a trigger is upsetting to the person triggered, may not be an intrinsically violent or upsetting experience to an outsider, but it will exacerbate PTSD symptoms in the assault survivor.Many folks will use language like “safe space” to indicate that triggers are acknowledged and that sexual assault survivors can participate in said space with a reasonable expectation that she will not be triggered.If you attempt to look up PTSD online, many of the websites you will find will detail treatment perspectives for combat veterans, including many resources from the Department of Veteran Affairs, because veterans have long been the largest organized advocacy group calling attention to the long-term effects of PTSD while calling for insurance companies and government agencies to treat PTSD like the illness it is.Women are four times more likely to experience PTSD than men, and most experts “believe this is because women are at increased risk of experiencing the kinds of interpersonal violence…If you need help immediately, please locate a rape crisis center that can help you in your area: 1.800.656. PTSD Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a clinical term for a group of symptoms experienced by people who have undergone trauma.PTSD usually occurs within three months of a traumatic experience, but in some instances can present years after the fact.Rape is a systematic assault, rapists are systematic abusers, and they target the victims of their abuse based on their perception of whether you have the agency to fight back, legally and physically and emotionally.Some years ago I met a young woman who told me she was a graduate student in Trauma Studies, a whole method of study meant to examine how groups of people cope with trauma after a catastrophic event, and how to make them better. I wondered then what it would look like if someone tried to heal women who’d been victimized, or sexual assault survivors, from this death by a thousand cuts. Regardless, all sexual assault survivors do not have PTSD.
Resilient Children Saudi Arabian Culture School Refusal Behav School Shootings Sex Trafficking Sexual Addiction Shooting Aftermath Smoking & Pregnancy Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Suicide Cluster Supervision Teacher/Student Sex Tech.My healing process has been largely attempted as an adult, with short periods of access to clinical treatment and long periods without, and as such, I have provided suggestions for people who can get access to formal clinical therapy and suggestions for those who cannot. Unfortunately I have no expertise on methods to obtain healing services in the rest of the world, so if you come across or create resources, please share an we will link prominently.To help me close any gaps in my suggestions here, please, please, please share links and suggestions in the comments as others will certainly reference this post in a very real time of need.This is neither a professionally nor universally designed plan of action to combat PTSD or heal one’s spiritual self after rape, though I have tried to gather as many ways and means as possible that you can have agency in your recovery regardless of whether you have access to Western clinical treatment practices.I also want to emphasize that these methods should in no way be used to pressure someone to “get over” the trauma of having one’s trust betrayed, one’s body violated, and one’s worth shamed by a culture set up to discredit victims.“Getting over it” is subjective, it’s a process, and it’s closure well-earned, and it’s not up to anyone other than the survivor to lead the way to emotional healing, if indeed “over it” is a benchmark that can ever truly be achieved.