It is known to us that there are a lot of abuses that are happening worldwide particularly to women. These women have their own stories and issues to be told that the government should pay attention to.
In order to effectively respond to women who have been raped, service providers and criminal justice officials need to understand their major concerns. However, without accurate information, it would be difficult to develop programs and policies that will be of help to these women.
In looking for help for these women and you seem to be concerned about abuse related trauma, be sure that you are comfortable with a potential therapist’s experience and approach. Ask him or her questions about matters that you think would be useful to the case of a raped victim. Contact people who can help you find support such as women’s health centers, community health centers, therapists in private practice including psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers, sexual assault centers, crisis lines for women who have been abused, family service agencies, women’s shelters, spiritual centers and family doctors.
Trauma often results when a woman is hurt by another person and it can affect her trust in people. Some women grow up expecting that other people will hurt them. As a result, they have trouble developing their trust.
Other women may trust others too easily and may also have difficulty in judging who is safe. They learned in their childhood that some family members that are close to them had also abused them. As a result, women learned to hand over their trust, even if the other person did not deserve it.
Certain sexual abuse can also have an effect on a woman’s sexuality. In some cases, she may confuse sex with love and care. This is because the one who abused her gave her attention and affection mainly through sexual contact. Experiences such as this may also put women’s life at more risk for unwanted or forced sex as an adult.