Seeking Help For Sexual Assault

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Annie Abram PhD

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As a victim/survivor of sexual assault, you may have some of the following feelings...

Anger, Fear, Guilt, Loss of control, Powerlessness, Embarrassment, Depression, Isolation, Denial, Shame, Disbelief, Self-blame, Emotional shock

You may experience some or all of the above feelings. This is natural and every victim/survivor of sexual assault responds differently. (http://www.connsacs.org/seeksupport/assaulted.htm)

Remember, you are not alone and you are not to blame for what happened.

"Healing may not be so much about getting better, as about letting go of everything that isn't you - all of the expectations, all of the beliefs - and becoming who you are." - Rachel Naomi Remen

Laura Cordes is the executive director of the Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services (CONNSACS), the coalition of the the state's nine community based sexual assault crisis services programs and Connecticut's leading voice to end sexual violence. An advocate and organizer for over twenty years, Laura has worked on numerous women’s health public policy initiatives including a two year effort to ensure access to emergency contraception for rape victims in all of Connecticut's hospitals and the development of a coalition that led to the creation of the state's Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Program.  She is a statutory member of the State of Connecticut's Criminal Justice Policy Advisory Commission, the Commission on the Standardization of the Collection of Evidence in Sexual Assault Investigations and the newly created Governor's Victim’s Rights Enforcement Advisory Commission.