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If you have recently experienced a sexual assault, call 911 or call
National Sexual Assault Hotline
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ph: 1-800-656-HOPE (800-656-4673)

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~About Sexual Assault and Rape~


Rape Trauma Syndrome
Rape Trauma Syndrome or RTS is the acute phase and long-term reorganization process that occurs as a result of forcible rape or attempted forcible rape. MedAu.com provides an in-depth look at the syndrome, including:
Acute Phase - Disorganisation
Impact Reactions - within hours
Immediate effects - first weeks
reorganization Phase
Short-term effects - up to 3-4 months
Intermediate effects - up to 1 year
Long-term reactions - up to 4 years
Discussion
Published by the Northern Rivers Division of General Practice (NSW) , MedAu is Medicine Australia, a cooperative project online where doctors can share their thoughts and knowledge with others.
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The Effects of Rape
No two survivors of sexual assault react in exactly the same way, but this info page describes some common reaction both the immediate/acute phase and the long-term process of healing. Adapted by the University of Oklahoma, this information was originally published as "You are Not Alone", compiled by the Women's Resource Center staff.
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The Psychological Effects of Sexual Assault
Many rape and sexual assault victims suffer from Rape Related PTSD and the disorders listed and detailed on this page. There is information about flashbacks, self-injury, self-blame and many other common reactions, long & short term. This page also provides information about choosing to heal using therapy, what some options are and how effective this approach might be.
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Healing After Rape or Sexual Assault
How victims cope with the events will depend on the willingness to move through the process - a process which can be painful and difficult. While elderly victims struggle with physical recovery, they seem to be much better with the emotional recovery; while many younger victims typically recover quickly physically, but face a lifetime of uphill emotional struggle. This page from AARDVARC.org offers some great information and insight. AARDVARC is An Abuse, Rape and Domestic Violence Aid and Resource Collection, well worth checking out for many issues connected with sexual violence.
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What's Happening to Me?
There is a wide range of common reactions that a person may have to a sexual assault. This page from Charlottesville, VA's Sexual Assault Resources discusses some of them in the context of Rape Trauma Syndrome and Post-Traumatic Stress.
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Coping with Rape Trauma Syndrome (RTS)
An entry from Wikipedia's Wiki How, this page has information about PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder), RR-PTSD (rape related posttraumatic stress disorder) or RTS (rape trauma syndrome).
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An Interview with Judith Herman: Recovery & Healing
Judith Herman, a recognized leader in the field of trauma and recovery, is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Harvard University Medical School and Director of Training at the Victims of Violence Program in the Department of Psychiatry at the Cambridge Hospital, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Trauma Treatment Manual
Originally written for people working with women survivors of rape in Bosnia, it can be used more broadly as a guide for helping anyone of either gender who has survived any kind of trauma.
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Sexual Assault
This is basically an informative online index that serves almost as a How To guide for Christians looking for help with sexual assault and the healing process. Aspects of survival covered include what loved ones need to know, understanding your reactions, what to do if a friend is raped, how to protect yourself, seekingcounselingg, issues around senior rape, male rape, child sexual assault & more. Although it was created with a Christian slant, the presentation is refreshingly non-alienating towards survivors outside of that faith.
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Sexual Assault Info for Lesbians, Transgender & Bisexual Women
From the Anti Violence Project (AVP). No matter how you identify- lesbian, bi, straight, or trans- rape and sexual assault can happen to any woman. And AVP wants to help.
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VAWnet:: Marital Rape
Written by Racquel Kennedy Bergen, this page provides an overview of the immediate and long-term effects of sexual assault perpetrated by a spouse.
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Rape Trauma Syndrome
Brief article by Amy Menna on rape trauma describes the symptoms and negative beliefs that may follow sexual assault.

~prevention & safety~

SafetyForWomen: Self Defense Tips & Tricks for Women
One of the most unique survivor sites around. After marital rape, domestic abuse and losing a child, this unassuming housewife learned self defense and created this truly inspiring site to share what she learned with others. The site includes easy-to-learn defense measures, a place for survivor stories, tips about preparing to leave an abuser and other very down to earth advise and suggestions.
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Rape Aggression Defense(RAD)Systems
The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. R.A.D. is not a Martial Arts program.
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Facts & Safety Tips About On-Campus Assaults
A simple guide for reducing risk and protecting yourself on campus. Includes info about the frequency and contributing factors of campus violence.
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Prevention Tips to Avoid Drug Induced Rape
A very practical factsheet created by a local Police Department's Special Victims Unit.

~personal sites~

Surviving the Memories
This Day Shall Not Define My Life
Escaping Hades
Amy's Anger
Finding My Voice
I Sang Holy, Holy
Aphrodite Wounded
Staying Strong
Over The Rainbow
Pregnant by Rape Information and Support
Indigo's Inner Eye

~for survivors & their partners~

What to Expect from Your Mate After Sexual Assault
Understanding the Survivor
Secondary Survivors
Supporting Your Partner
Rape, Recovery & Intimacy

~online peer support~

Rape Victims
Powerful Beyond Measure
Women and Menen Rape Crisis Club
Full Circle Spiritual Healing
Rape Survivors
Rape Survivors Recovery
Chat Delphi:
Rape Recovery
Chat Yahoo:
Rape Recovery 2
Surviving
Spouses Only
For Men Only
Rape recovery
Rape_and_Sexual_Assault_Survivors
Trying to Keep it Together
Psych Forums: Rape & Sexual Assault Group
Men Against Rape
Worldwide Women Against Rape
Secondary_Survivors_and_Adoption_Support
SurveyOnDateRapeVictims
Attempted Rape
Rape Survivors Online Forum
Rape Support Club
A Safe Haven for Rape Victims
RRC_Volunteer_Network
Healthy Place Forum on Rape
Stigma_Book
Kali Munro Self Help & Support Board
Rape: It Hurts
Stop Rape Forum - Home
internetrapes
Lesbian Rape Survivors

~resources~

Rape Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
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Witness Justice
Witness Justice is a national nonprofit organization committed to directly serving survivors of violent crime in the U.S.
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Victims of Crime: Justice Information Center
Information and many useful links from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service.
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Office for Victims of Crime
US Dept. of Justice site, focused on crime victims; includes information, training, funding, etc.
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National Organization for Victim Assistance
Home page for NOVA, an organization working on behalf of victims of crime and disaster.
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Victim Assistance Online
A very comprehensive online resource for victim survivors of crime or tragedy; searchable site.
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Women Veterans: Sexual Harrassment and Assault
Captain Barb's page on PTSD among women who experienced sexual trauma while in the military, and what to do.
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Sexual Healing from Sexual Abuse: Advice for Adult Survivors
Article by Wendy Maltz describes how to begin sexual healing following sexual abuse.
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Sexual Health Network
Website dedicated to providing easy access to sexuality resources, and access to sexuality experts.
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Rape Recovery: Finding Intimacy Again
An iVillage Q&A gives great insight into the long term challenges of survivong assault and reclaiming aspects of your life.
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National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)
ph: 877.739.3895
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LUHS (Loyola University Health System)'s Self Help Page
Providing contact information for the following:

False Memory Syndrome Foundation
Incest Survivors Anonymous (I.S.A.)
LINKUP
Parents United International
S.A.R.A. (Sexual Assault Recovery Anonymous) Society
VOICES In Action, Inc.
WINGS Foundation, Inc.
Stop Prisoner Rape, Inc.
Positive Partners of Survivors


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