Experiencing sexual assault (SA) can be traumatic to victims and their loved ones. The impact of a SA might cause disruption to the everyday lives of the victims. The onset of the impact could also happen years or decades after the incident.
Care Corner Project StART’s Sexual Assault Recovery Programme provides victims with easy access to help:
- A phone call or email away
- Fast response (1-2 working days)
- Quick access to social workers, psychologists and counsellors
- Free service
Reach out to us. We are here to journey with you and your loved ones.
Support all victims of sexual assault in their recovery journey, regardless of when the incident happened, or who the alleged abuser is
Provide free and quick access to psychologists and counsellors
Provide victims control over the speed and types of services received
Ways We Support
Establish Immediate Safety for Victims
We aim to establish immediate psychological and physical safety within the first few meetings with the victim through:
- Physical safety planning: Minimise access from alleged perpetrator, provide social support to victim
- Psychological safety planning: Develop coping strategies with victim
- Manage medical emergency: Help victims overcome suicide ideation and post traumatic stress disorder symptoms
With the consent of the victim, we revisit the incident(s) of SA to help them work through the issue and overcome their trauma.
Through the counselling, we aim to help victims:
- Recognise their strengths, resilience and hopes
- Address the shame, fears and negative labels
Coping with Sexual Violence and Assault
Sexual violence and assault can happen to anyone regardless of gender, race or age. The emotional and psychological impact on the victim can vary significantly from person to person.
Sexual violence and assault are never the victim’s fault, and coping with life after the incident can be challenging.
- Whether the incident happened years ago or yesterday, we can offer several ways to cope with the emotional and psychological effects of the sexual violence and assault
- We will work with you to manage your feelings and learn new coping skills to minimise the negative impact
Healing from sexual assault is usually a gradual and ongoing process that is often not linear or smooth. The healing process can sometimes even feel painful. With healing, you can regain control over yourself, find yourself and learn how you want to live life again. Healing can look drastically different from person to person.
- We will support victims to regain the ability to feel safe and to trust, to learn to heal, and move on in life at their own pace
- Some topics include working through grief and facilitate to establish a solid foundation of understanding, safety, stability and self-regulation skills
- We will journey with the victim through the healing process by ensuring the victim has access to counselling and therapy services
Life after Sexual Assault
It is common for victims to withdraw from social interactions, and to feel isolated and disconnected from others. We will continue to support you in recovery, including reintegrating back to normal social life.
We hold Public Education talks and workshops to support victims and the community in combating the issues of SA.
Seeking help early can possibly increase the chances of repairing the relationship, and reduce the chances of serious injuries or issues with the law. An appropriate first response to a disclosure of sexual assault could also increase the victim’s trust and willingness to seek help.
Create a safe space in your community. Contact us at 6476 1482 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We support all victims of sexual assault in their recovery journey, regardless of when the incident happened, or who the alleged abuser is.
Victims may experience insomnia, inability to focus, anxiety attacks, feelings of depression, inability to meet new people, and flashbacks of the incidents. The onset of these experiences could happen right after an incident of SA, or even years or decades later.
Victims may also ask these questions:
Why did this happen to me?
It is not your fault, you did not do anything to deserve to be sexually assaulted. Sexual assault can happen to anyone regardless of age, gender, race, and religion.
When will I be okay? When will this be over? When will I stop feeling so bad?
Recovery takes time. There is no right way to react and everyone’s experience is different.
Know that you are not alone. There are professionals like us who can support you in your journey of recovery. Reach out to someone you trust or contact us at 6476 1482 (weekdays 10am – 1pm, 2pm – 5pm; except public holidays) / email@example.com.
I feel like I am going crazy!
Sexual assault can be traumatic and cause our bodies to respond in shock. Your emotions may swing from intense emotional pain to complete numbness. Your sleep may be affected and the sense of a lack of safety may cause you to remain in a hypervigilant or uptight state. This in turn affects your overall well being.
These bodily responses are common responses as your body tries to cope with what happened. It might even take place years after the incident of sexual assault.
When the impact of SA is affecting your everyday life, seek professional help to reduce the disturbance to your life and start on a healing journey. As you continue to work through the issues, things tend to get better after a few months.
Following the traumatic incident, some victims may feel embarrassed, ashamed, sad, confused, fearful, helpless, guilty and angry. They may also struggle with trust, consensual sex, relationship with a partner, lack of appetite, nightmares and flashbacks, lack of sleep and feelings of hopelessness.
If you are experiencing some of these signs, we are here to support you. We strongly encourage you to seek professional help with us or a mental health professional.
Sexual assault can be terrifying, shocking and traumatic. It can cause negative psychological, emotional and physical effects on a victim. However, getting the right support can help you manage the negative impact and reduce possible longer term mental health concerns.
Our team takes a victim-centric approach and applies trauma-informed principles when working with victims of sexual assualt. Victims can contact us directly via telephone, email or walk-in to our centre. They can also be referred by the police, hospital, family and friends with their consent for services.
Step 1: Gathering of information
When the victim or an organisation makes contact with our agency, we will collect basic information on the sexual assualt and the victim. The purpose is to ensure that we are the appropriate agency to meet the victim’s needs.
Step 2: Supporting the victim
If the services provided by CCPS are able to meet the victim’s needs, a fixed case worker will contact the victim directly. The case worker will develop a safety plan and also work with the victim on developing coping skills, strategies that can help with their short-term and long-term recovery.
The case worker may also make external referrals should the victim need further therapy services.
Kindly note that for all emergencies and immediate safety concerns, please contact the police (999) or call for an ambulance (995). If you have thoughts of self harm including suicide, please contact SOS 24-hour hotline at 1800-221 4444.
- Thank them for telling you: It takes courage to share. Acknowledge how difficult it is for someone to share details of the traumatic incident. Appreciate them for their trust and let them know that you believe them as it encourages them to trust others again.
- Ask how you can support: While your first instinct might be to offer advice to your loved one, it is important to let them make their own decisions and choices about what to do next. If this is the first time the victim has disclosed the information, it is likely that they may not know what support you may be able to provide. As such, it is important to ask how you can support.
- Listen without judgement: Sexual assault is never the victim’s fault. It is normal to have strong reactions such as anger, sadness or shock when someone you care shares an experience of sexual assualt. Note that sometimes such reactions can make the victim feel responsible, ashamed and discourage them from sharing further or seeking help. Listen without interrupting them and do not ask for details that they do not wish to disclose.
- Respect their privacy & decisions: Justice means different things to different people. Attempting to seek ‘justice’ might not be in the victim’s best interest or meet their needs.
- Encourage them to seek help: We have professionals who can work with them to support them better.
- Keep supporting: Healing and recovery takes time, support them along the way. It is also important to seek support for yourself if you need to talk to someone and process your emotions.
Even if the victim is unwilling to seek help right now, we can still work with you on how to support the victim. Contact us at 6476 1482 (weekdays 10am – 1pm, 2pm – 5pm; except public holidays) / firstname.lastname@example.org.
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