You are Not Alone
The information presented is generalized; so keep in mind that your life, your victimization, and your recovery will be very personal and individual. You may not think, feel, or act as other people tell you that you should. You may not expect to feel the exact feelings of any other rape survivor. You are an individual and will move through stages and feelings at your own pace.
We would like to tell you that the emotional wounds that emotional and physical wounds may heal at different rates. Emotional wounds may require patience and self-compassion. It may require patience and self-compassion. Some events in your life may be painful, confusing, and traumatic. Many individuals have been victims of sexual assault. You, like them, can learn to regain a sense of power over your life. You may feel very isolated and alone, but there are agencies and organizations ready and able to help you and your loved ones. There is support available.
As a survivor of sexual assault, you are not alone in what happened to you, or in how you feel. There are people who care about what you have endured and what you are going through now as you heal. We hope that you will find You Are a Survivor helpful. Although you may not wish to read it all right now, please keep this booklet to refer to later. In the meantime it is important for you to know that the feelings, reactions, and questions you may be experiencing are similar to those of other people who have been victimized through no fault of their own. Sexual assault is never the fault of the victim. You are not to blame for what another person has done to you. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the statewide toll-free rape crisis and information hotline available 24 hours a day at 1.888.421.1100. Reaching out is a very important step toward recovery.