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What are the consequences of a sexual assault?

The consequences of a sex crime vary. They don’t necessarily depend on the type of crime or the gravity of the sexual assault. In fact, every victim experiences different consequences, and the reactions are particular to each case.

Possible psychological consequences

  • Feeling different, crazy or abnormal.
  • Blaming yourself, hating or doubting yourself
  • Suspicion, fear and feelings of betrayal
  • Negative attitude towards your sexuality and your body
  • Repressed or denied emotions

Possible physical consequences

  • Digestive and intestinal complications
  • Psychosomatic problems
  • Lack of response to your physical needs
  • Gynaecological complications

Possible social consequences

  • Prostitution
  • Intense or absent sexual activity
  • Fear of being alone
  • Social isolation

Possible consequences for mental health

  • Hallucinations (auditives, visual and through touch)
  • Confusion/disorientation
  • Loss of memory