During the month of May, Sexual Violence Prevention Month (#SVPM), we’re posting one true thing every day.
Your feelings are your own. There is no right or wrong way to act right after a sexual assault or even months or years after a sexual assault.
Not crying or freaking out doesn’t mean that the abuse didn’t happen.
Healing looks different for everyone.
Maybe healing means…
- Openly talking about your experience of abuse
- Not talking about your experience of abuse except with a few trusted people
- Embracing your physical strength through exercise and/or sport
- Trying new things
- Taking comfort in simple and familiar pleasures (ex. Taking a bath, enjoying a long walk, cuddling with your cat or dog)
- Following a routine
- Breaking from old routines or habits
- Making new friends
- Connecting with old friends
- Reaching out for support
- Using art to express yourself
- Crying and/or screaming it out
There is no one way to heal. You have the power to heal and you have a right to do it in the way that works best for you.
If you want to talk to someone non-judgmental, call SACHA’s 24 Hour Support Line – 905.525.4162.