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Sexual assault support

Being raped or sexually assaulted is an extremely distressing experience. Everyone reacts differently, and your feelings tend to change over time, or even day-to-day.

You are likely to go through a range of emotions, such as fear, anger, anxiety, shock and guilt. But what's important to remember is that if you've been the victim of a sexual assault or rape, it was not your fault.

You may feel that you need some help getting over what has happened, even if it is just someone to talk to.

A close friend or family member may be the best person to confide in, or you may prefer to talk to someone you don't know, such as a counsellor or a support group. Your doctor’s surgery should be able to give you the contact numbers for support groups in your area.

If you are experiencing anxiety or symptoms of depression you should see your doctor who can offer you support and advice. They can refer you to a counsellor, and may also provide any treatment you need.

Remember, you can seek help either directly after the assault, or in the following days, months or years. There is no time limit.

Find out more about sexual assault and abuse helplines.

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The Symptom Checker guides you to the next appropriate healthcare steps, whether it’s self care, talking to a health professional, going to a hospital or calling triple zero (000).

Last reviewed: July 2015

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