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Surviving and Healing After Rape

According to survey of the country’s leading rape experts, one in every five women is raped once in their life. This is regardless of their age, race, weight, financial status, and economic standing. Most women may or may not realize that she is being raped already; this is due to the fact that a woman is more likely to be raped by someone she knows making the acceptance process more difficult to bear. 

The Rapist

A rapist is a stranger who forces to have sex with someone. It can be a form of seduction even. It is important to know that when a woman is forced to have sex and she doesn’t want it that time, it will be considered a rape—whether it is done by a stranger or by a friend. Rape is one of the few crimes in which there is a risk for the victim to be blamed for what happened to her or to him. This may be the primary reason why many rape cases are not reported: because the victim is often held responsible for what happened to her.

The Events After the Rape

After the incident, the woman will most likely keep on thinking if the situation was her fault. She may be thinking of the following:

* What signals did she communicate?
* Why did she decide to go to a certain place?
* Why did she have to go with this person?
* What did she do wrong?

 These are often the questions that will bug a victim and keep her thinking of what she did wrong for the incident to happen. There are many people in the society who often blame a victim for what happened to her. She may be blamed for getting drunk, for wearing aggressive clothes, and even for not fighting back. Many victims of rape struggle with guilt for what happened to them and even with self-pity.

Rape causes a woman serious trauma. Rape is ranked second to military combat to have a great impact on a human life. Here are some important points to remember when dealing with surviving and healing rape victims:

* Rape victims experience a lot of powerful emotions after the incident. Help her express what she feels or just listen to her stories and validate her fears and feelings. Help her make the necessary changes she wants in order to make her environment safe. Give her encouragement and support and help her make decisions on her own.
* Remind her that what happened to her: the rape was not her fault. Put your trust and support in her and give her time to heal and survive—just stand by her.
* She may be suffering from trauma so it is possible that she too is suffering from some disorders like stress, sleep disorders, eating disorders, and even physical trauma like health regression, body aches, headaches, and fatigue. Help her cope with the situation and remind her to check her mental and physical health regularly.
* Encourage the victim to go to a rape crisis center, which will really help her in dealing with her problem and recover from the trauma.

About Author
Florida Abortion Clinic. Dr. James S. Pendergraft opened the Abortion Clinics Orlando in March 1996 to provide a full range of health care for women, including Florida abortion clinic, physical examinations and counseling.

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