Sexual Assault Recovery-Rescued and Restored & Just So You Will Know Part 2

What Are The Three States To Recovery

The T-R-A-U-M-A

For approximately two days to two weeks, the victim is traumatized:

T Terror – Extreme fear, causing flashbacks, nightmares

R Refusal – Denial, causing memory loss or minimizing

A Anger- Rage, causing an inability to eat or sleep

U Uncontrollable actions – Feeling overwhelmed, causing hysteria, sobbing

M Misplaced guilt – Self-blame, causing nausea, diarrhea

A Anxiety – Apprehension, causing severe muscle tension, fatigue

The rape victim has the same reactions recorded by the writer fo Psalm 55:4-7:

“My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death assail me. Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me… Oh, that i had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.”

The Teetering State

For up to a year or longer, perhaps until death, the victim will teeter up and down, sometimes suppressing emotions and sometime surfacing emotions.

Fears of the Victim

  • being alone
  • being followed
  • strange places
  • the rape site
  • the inability to judge character
  • pregnancy
  • venereal disease, AIDS
  • intimacy
  • the rejection of love ones

The rape survivor will feel increased calm by repeating over and over, in prayer, “When I am afraid, I will trust in you” (Psalm 56:3)

The Trusting Stage

Some survivors never make it to this stage. Those who do will experience peace. “I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety” (Psalm 4:8).

The survivor views the incident with a balanced perspective…

– not trusting everyone,but selecting trustworthy friends. “Jesus would not entrust himself to them for he knew all men” (John 2:24).

– not trust circumstances, but trusting God, who is over all circumstances (Proverbs 3:5-6)

What Are The ABC’s Of Immediate Response To Rape?

A. Assure your own safety (read Psalm 23)

– Move to a secure place of safety and wrap yourself in a warm blanket (or something if possible).

– Breathe very deeply to get more oxygen to the brain, so as not to become lightheaded or faint.

– Repeat positive affirmations, prayers, scripture- such as…

“The LORD is my shepherd… I will fear no evil” (Psalm 23:14).

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B Begin a support system (Proverbs 23:12)

– Report incident to the police (don’t wash or shower-this will help preserve physical evidence).

– Ask a friend to take you to a medical care facility to check for injuries and STDs (sexually transmitted diseases)

– Seek legal advice to learn the rights of rape victims.

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C Call on others for emotional support (Proverbs 18:24)

– Call someone you trust

-Call a rape crisis center

-Seek professional counseling

 

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