Sexual Assault

How Sexual Assault Affects the Mind and the Body

May 1, 2023|Sexual Assault, Trauma|

Sexual assault refers to sexual contact, coercion, behavior or forced conduct that occurs without the explicit consent of the other individual. It is a grave violation of human rights and a person’s dignity, as well as a severe criminal offense. Regardless of how extreme the assault was, it usually causes severe mental and emotional harm to the person it was inflicted upon, even if that isn’t initially realized. The immediate physical trauma of sexual assault can be so intense that many people don’t realize the toll it’s taken on their mental and emotional health until weeks or months later. [...]