1/6 of the female population has been sexually abused according to the current stats from RAINN. We look the same as everyone else on the outside but inside we have parts that are broken. The traumatic experience has long term invisible effects:
According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network):
- 94% of women who are raped experience post-truamatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms during the two weeks following the rape.9
- 30% of women report PTSD symptoms 9 months after the rape.10
- 33% of women who are raped contemplate suicide.11
- 13% of women who are raped attempt suicide.11
- Approximately 70% of rape or sexual assault victims experience moderate to severe distress, a larger percentage than for any other violent crime.12
People who have been sexually assaulted are more likely to use drugs than the general public.11
Sexual violence also affects victims’ relationships with their family, friends, and co-workers.12
- 38% of victims of sexual violence experience work or school problems, which can include significant problems with a boss, coworker, or peer.
- 37% experience family/friend problems, including getting into arguments more frequently than before, not feeling able to trust their family/friends, or not feeling as close to them as before the crime.
- 84% of survivors who were victimized by an intimate partner experience professional or emotional issues, including moderate to severe distress, or increased problems at work or school.
- 79% of survivors who were victimized by a family member, close friend or acquaintance experience professional or emotional issues, including moderate to severe distress, or increased problems at work or school.
- 67% of survivors who were victimized by a stranger experience professional or emotional issues, including moderate to severe distress, or increased problems at work or school.
Lots of mental and emotional problems that we have to deal with day after day after day. Month after month after month. Year after year after year. But the effects may not as visible like an individual who uses a wheelchair, cane or walker to indicate they need a little assistance.
But I am living proof, like someone in rehab, who perseveres and heals, the “limp” can decrease and really does go away. And now I can walk with no effort and even run!