If you’re sexually assaulted, you may experience a mix of feelings.
- You might feel various emotions: fear, shame, guilt, anger, sadness, feeling betrayed, disappointment, humiliation, etc.
- You might feel mixed up or confused, especially if you were assaulted by someone you know, like, or trust, such as a family member, a romantic partner, a teacher, a coach, etc.
- You might even still feel affection for the person who assaulted you and try to convince yourself that it never happened or that it wasn’t really assault.
Remember that it’s not your fault. You aren’t responsible for what happened. No matter what you were wearing, what you said, or what you did, absolutely nothing excuses your attacker’s actions. The person who assaulted you may threaten you to prevent you from reporting him/her. That person might also try to make you feel guilty for what he/she did, because he/she’s scared of the consequences.
By keeping silent, you’re remaining alone with your suffering, and your attacker will be free to find other victims. So talk about it quickly to an adult you trust or to Tel-jeunes!