What are they?
Many women who have survived some form of sexual violence experience flashbacks at one time or another. Flashbacks are temporary states of remembering something painful or traumatic which has been hidden in the subconscious mind. During a flashback you may feel as though aspects of the rape or assault are actually happening to you now. The duration of a flashback differs and could last from a few seconds to several hours.
When do flashbacks occur?
Flashbacks can occur at unpredictable and unexpected times, anywhere. They can be triggered by anything that serves as a reminder of the event or the perpetrator and can occur regardless of how you are feeling prior to them happening.
For many women, a flashback trigger can be a mannerism, a facial feature, a voice, a smell, a sound or a touch.
Flashbacks can be experienced in many forms and combinations which include some or all of the following: