Sexual Assault a​nd Mental Health

April 22, 2020

Oftentimes, the most difficult topics to talk about can also be the most important ones. It just so happens that one of these topics is sexual trauma and the implications it can have on mental health. For this reason, it's important to de-stigmatize and bring awareness to this important issue.  


According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, an American is sexually assaulted every 73 seconds. There are roughly 60,000 children sexually assaulted in the U.S. each year, with 433,648 teens and adults also being subjected to sexual assault. 


Survivors of sexual violence often experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and are at an increased risk for suicide. Sexual trauma is also a factor for many who are experiencing depression, anxiety, addictions, and eating disorders.


To address and eliminate sexual violence, improving access to mental health support and services is an essential part of advocacy to support survivors of sexual assault. In addition to believing survivors, challenging cultural norms, and creating supportive communities, it's vital to ensure that survivors have access to the tools and resources needed in recovery.


While some survivors look for help directly related to their assault, many others are receiving services for other issues like depression or substance use disorders. At Clearwater Counseling, PC, we are committed to understanding trauma and its effects, and utilizing that knowledge to better our services.


Moving forward, society must strive to address a culture where sexual violence is prevalent and often ignored. Awareness and advocation is the beginning of the end for end for sexual assault. If you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence, please don't be afraid to seek mental health services. 


To schedule an appointment with Clearwater Counseling, PC, please call (308) 210-8487 or email [email protected] For life-threatening emergencies, please call 911. 

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