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Healing from Trauma

Sexual assault/sexual violence can impact you on many levels and you may experience a wide range of feelings. There is no right or wrong way for you to feel or react.

Illustration of waves with text, healing comes in waves.

Sexual assault/sexual violence is a traumatic experience that can impact you on many levels: academic, work, psychological, physical, social and emotional.

You may experience a wide range of feelings such as shock, fear, disbelief, recurring memories, outrage, confusion, sadness, despair, and anger. There is no right or wrong way for you to feel or react. All of your feelings are valid.

What can you do?

Get emotional support.

Talk to a counsellor, call a distress line or get peer-to-peer support. We can make a referral for you to receive counselling and provide links to resources available to you both on and off-campus.

Have your voice heard.

Speaking out about sexual violence and rape culture can be an empowering moment for some survivors if and when you are ready. Alternatively, you may choose to tell no one, tell only yourself, share your story in your self-help group, or confide in trusted friends or family. Anything you choose to survive is powerful and is your choice.

There are ways to take action on campus through group programming, advisories, workshops and events. Learn more ways to get involved on our Take Action Page

Engage in transformative justice.

Recognizing that intersectional oppressions are at the root of rape culture, addressing and confronting those oppressions can be an integral part of accountability and healing. Whether or not you choose to disclose your own experiences of sexual violence, you may choose to participate in initiatives which work to increase safety, transform social conditions which perpetuate violence, and make space for survivor agency. You can check out the process of transformative justice in thePDF file Creative Interventions Toolkit., external link