The trauma of sexual assault and or domestic violence can rear its ugly head at any time throughout a survivor's lifetime. This trauma can be triggered by things such as conversations, media accounts, and even physical reminders of the incident. Survivors need to be aware of triggers to cope with their feelings and emotions healthily.
There are times these triggers want manifest until years later when the survivor is in a different and potentially more secure situation. It is important to remember that healing takes time, and there are many different ways to heal from trauma.
Though it may not always be easy, survivors should try to remain open with their loved ones, healthcare professionals, and counselors about the trauma they experienced. Even if survivors don't feel like talking about the incident or the trauma it caused, being open is an important way to receive the support they need.
Support groups and therapy sessions can also provide survivors with a safe place to talk and be heard. These resources are incredibly important as they allow survivors to process their trauma in a healthy environment with people who understand what they are going through. Additionally, survivors need to make a conscious effort to take care of their mental health, including getting enough sleep and practicing self-care.
Surviving trauma is never easy, but survivors must remember that healing from the experience can be possible with support and resources. Trauma survivors should not be ashamed to seek help, and should instead recognize the resilience it takes to confront a difficult past. By having an open dialogue about their trauma and developing healthy coping mechanisms, survivors can start the journey toward healing. With patience and understanding, survivors can reclaim control of their lives.
No one should ever feel like they have to go through this difficult process alone.