Being raped or sexually abused is a traumatic experience. The effects of trauma may manifest themselves either immediately after the attack or as is frequently the case, sometime long afterwards.
What kind of reactions do people have to trauma?
When a person has experienced a shocking, unexpected or traumatic incident they are likely to develop deep emotional and physical shock or stress. These reactions are normal, but will be very unique, personal and individual.
Here are some typical reactions that people can experience after a trauma: