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Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network Day: Sexual assault victims prone to PTSD

Posted on 09-20-2017 Posted in PTSD - 0 Comments

While rape is in itself a painful experience, memories of the incident are more harrowing if the perpetrators of such a shameful crime are known individuals or belong to the victim’s family. Children and teenagers are more vulnerable to incest crimes. The resulting trauma leaves behind a trail of fear and pain that worsens over time as they are unable to share their problems with anyone.

The effect of rape is not only physiological, it has psychological consequences as well. Research has claimed how experiences of abusive incest have led victims to exhibit symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), in addition to dependence on various dangerous and illicit substances. Psychologists reiterate that the lifelong consequences of rape, especially those by one’s own family members, can prove disastrous.

Do all rape victims avail necessary treatment?

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 23 million women and 1.7 million men in the U.S. have been victims of completed or attempted rape at some point in their life. The CDC data also shows that over 27 percent of women and 11 percent of men have undergone physical violence, contact sexual violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their life.

Not all rape victims confide to their family members or loved ones about the harrowing experiences they have had. While women can be an easy target for a rapist, most people tend to ignore incidents of sexual assault on men. Equally disregarded are incidents of sexual violence in the LGBT community owing to the prevailing mindset. Incidents of sexual abuse among children are also pervasive with roughly 90 percent of the victims knowing their attackers and more than a third of the attackers being family members.

Rape victims usually show signs of recurring and prolonged depression, severe anxiousness, fear of touch or proximity, undue stress, tendency of self-injury, continual flashbacks and repetitive nightmares. These symptoms are characteristics of PTSD, a mental health problem that some people suffer from after being raped. However, out of shame or fear of being stigmatized and socially isolated, most rape survivors do not seek treatment for their problems.

To raise awareness and educate teenagers and young adult students about sexual violence on college campuses, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) Day is observed across the country on the third Thursday of September every year. In 2017, the day falls on Sept. 21.

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According to a research by the National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center (NVAWPRC), about 31 percent of all rape victims develop PTSD during their lifetime and 11 percent continue to have the disorder. Besides, rape survivors are six times more likely to experience PTSD than women who had never been victims of the crime.

Sovereign Health, a leading mental health care provider in the U.S., understands how difficult it is for rape victims to seek treatment for PTSD. In addition to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), our experts recommend a wide variety of behavioral interventions that include talk therapy and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.

With the aim to reduce emotional and physical symptoms and help patients cope with trauma, our post-traumatic stress disorder treatment center in Florida offers a holistic combination of pharmacological and non-pharmacological modalities. If you or your loved one is suffering from PTSD and is looking to connect with the best center providing the much-needed treatment near you, call our 24/7 helpline number today. You can also chat online with one of our representatives for further assistance.

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