RECOVERING FROM RAPE AND SEXUAL TRAUMA 
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The increase in rape cases is becoming overwhelming and alarming, this has lead to both Individuals and NGOs calling on the arrest of the perpetrators of this dastardly act. But the big question still remains “what happens to the victims”

Rape occurs when there is forceful sexual penetration often aggressive without the consent or against the will of the victim.

Anybody can be raped, old or young, male or female. Often times ladies are usually the victims of rape. Rape or sexual assault sometimes can go on for a long time while at other times, it happens at a point in one’s life. It can be perpetuated by a family member, friend, neighbour or even strangers who can be a person or group of people.

The dare consequence rape leaves on the victim goes beyond physical injuries, it can cause long term mental illness such as shock, flashback and unpleasant memories, nightmares, low self-esteem, in some cases the victim can become ashamed or suicidal. Most times the victims start blaming themselves, they feel dirty as their self worth is tampered with making them feel depressed.

Often people blame the rape victims which is really wrong. People say it’s because of the way you dressed, but the fact is rapist, don’t choose victims based on how they dress or how flirty they look, instead, they choose victims based on how vulnerable is the victim and the environment also plays a role.

The important thing is that rape victim can recover although it is not easy because it takes commitment, time and a process.

It’s either it breaks you or it makes you stronger.

Many people fall victims of rape and find it difficult to heal from the trauma, therefore we at Healthy Health Consult have detailed steps that can help rape victims find healing.

WAYS TO RECOVER FROM RAPE

1.  Face Your Fear

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You have to own it, face it, and accept it: yes the event has happened and can’t be reversed, don’t blame yourself for it. The victim didn’t ask to be raped, the only guilty person is the rapist.

For some rape survivors, healing came in the form of beginning to understand that they could have a life again after the sad event.

Stop asking yourself the question of why it was you, in life, there are some questions that you will never get answers to. Those questions are left unanswered.

2. Speak Out

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Reach out to Someone, I don’t mean anybody or random people, I mean trusted people, they could be trusted friends, trusted family or a Professional / Counselor who will put you through, psychotherapy.

people who are willing to open up and talk about their experience are the ones who have the best chance of overcoming that trauma and living a better life.

Being part of a support group of other women who have lived through the same ordeal could be emotional but so comforting as it helps you to heal.

3. Seek  Justice:

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Oftentimes, the perpetrator/rapist might not be strangers they could be relatives and people close to you that were supposed to protect you instead put you through sad experience.

Seek justice by reporting them to the police or an organisation in charge of rape and knowing that they are being punished for it can be a great way to heal because you get the feeling that they can’t harm you again or anyone else.

But most rape victims don’t like reporting their abusers for different reasons may be to protect their family image or to keep the case private. Anyways reporting them should be your decision depending on what works for you.

4. Change Your Orientation to the Fact that not all Men/Women are RapistRECOVERING FROM RAPE AND SEXUAL TRAUMA 

If you keep living with the mindset that all men or women are rapists, you might unknowingly be causing harm or future harm to your relationship/marriage.

Most times rape victims who don’t heal properly find it hard to keep and maintain a healthy relationship. Some find it difficult to maintain a relationship with a man, they can’t find any right in men, therefore, denying them the love and companionship they crave from a partner.

5.  Find yourself:

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This is really important because your body was the crime scene if rape healing is not properly handled, it can lead to loss of identity, not only do you lose identity, you lose your sense of everything that made sense to you, you lose your confidence and how safe you felt in the world up till that point.

6.  Exercise and Meditate:

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This can come in the form of Yoga, Tai Chi, and Qigong. These activities combine body awareness with relaxing, focused movement and can help relieve symptoms of Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and trauma. Massage can also be helpful.

7.  Pour Out Your Heart:

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Some people way of letting go of anger or a bad feeling is screaming. Go to an open area like a mountain, riverbank or anywhere that you can shout freely and scream.

Others find healing by writing the event that happened and burning it, the same way others put it in their artistic skill such as music or write it as a novel or movie.

Talking to people about rape, teaching them and encouraging them can also help you find healing. Creating awareness and helping other rape victims can make you recover from rape trauma

8.  Have fun with friends, family or anything that makes you happy:

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Stick to anything that puts you in euphoria or joyful mood it is a great way to curb depression and anxiety instead of isolating yourself in the room alone.

Also Read, 5 Proven expert advice on  how to have a healthy relationship

Note: Avoid using alcohol or drugs to forget the memories or to get over it, use only medications recommended by your health professionals.

Have you been raped? Share your experience in our comment section. And also, you can suggest other ways to recover from rape trauma.

You can visit For more tips on how to help someone get over rape or sexual trauma 

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Denis Chilaka is a passionate blogger and an amazing writer. He is a health and fitness enthusiast who loves sharing helpful information to people.

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