What The Victim Feels

What The Victim Feels

One victim may react emotionally while another may be very calm. No matter the reaction, the emotions are real, normal and okay.

Common initial reactions include:

  • Crying, sobbing
  • Shaking
  • Laughter due to shock
  • Denial
  • Feelings of fear, anger, shame
  • Self-blame
  • Feelings of guilt and helplessness
  • Abrupt mood changes
  • Embarrassment

Long-term reactions include:

  • Fear of being alone
  • Fear of the dark
  • Trouble sleeping, nightmares
  • Depression
  • Fear and dislike of sex
  • Trust issues in relationships
  • Flashbacks of the assult
  • Anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Drug or alcohol abuse