There’s No Right and Wrong Way to Act

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During the month of May, Sexual Violence Prevention Month (#SVPM), we’re posting one true thing every day.

May-14-2016

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
  • Journaling
  • Using art to express yourself
  • Crying and/or screaming it out
  • Meditating

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.

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