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What to do after a sexual assault:

  • Find a safe location away from the perpetrator.  

  • Ask someone you trust for moral support.

  • Know that what happened was not your fault.

  • Preserve all evidence of the attack.

  • Do not bathe, wash your hands, brush your teeth, eat or smoke.

  • If at the location of the attack, do not clean or straighten up or remove anything.

  • Write any details you can recall about the attack and the perpetrator.

  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible.  Although you may not have any visible physical injuries, you may be at risk of acquiring a sexually transmitted disease, or for women a risk for pregnancy.

  • Ask the health care professional to conduct a SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Exam) or a SAFE (Sexual Assault Forensic Exam).

  • If you suspect you have been drugged, request a urine sample be collected.

  •  Recognize that healing from an attack takes time.  Give yourself the time you need and help is always available.

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What to do if your child discloses Sexual Abuse:

If your child tells you or another person that he or she has been inappropriatly treated in any way, listen to them.  Stay calm and be direct.  Your reaction to the disclosure will have a big effect on how your child deals with the trauma.  

  • Listen

  • Stay calm

  • Do not become angry or upset.  Your child fears your reaction and needs to feel safe with you.

  • Believe your child.

  • NEVER blame the victim.

  • Praise him/her for being brave and talking about it.

  • Protect your child.

 

You can seek help from several resources.  Promise Place is a great first step.  An advocate can help you and your child navigate through the process of disclosure, reporting, support, and healing.  A therapist can help you and your child heal.  A mental health provider who is knowledgeable about child sexual abuse is important in working through the effects of trauma.

 

There are resources to help (see the links below). 

Local and National Resources:

Child Sexual Assault

This video discuss' the impact of child sexual assault from Darkness To Light. Seminars are available to local groups and business' on recognizing and stopping child sexual abuse. They are offered free of charge by Promise Place. 

Art Speaks Project

 

This video documents the experiment of Madeline Riley in connecting through art. The use of art in therapy sparked with the release of the book Artistry of the Mentally Ill in 1922. Within the next twenty years, psychologists began to realize that there were connections between artwork and the unconscious mind (“Art Therapy”). Psychologists conducted their first studies on the pieces of artwork produced by children and noticed that it opened pathways to emotions that they could not yet express. Art therapy worked as a hidden language that could be used for communicating depths of information between the client and the psychologist. In 1969, the Art Therapy Association was created and continues to serve as a refuge to victims of trauma today

Super Bowl 2015: Domestic Violence PSA

 

The National Football League's ad firm has created this public service announcement for No More, an umbrella organization working to combat domestic violence and sexual assault.

Men Are Victims Too

Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Assault Reveal an Important Truth during this clip. The video below reveals an important truth about survivors of sexual violence. Every survivor – regardless of their identity – deserves compassion, a platform, and an opportunity to share their experiences.

Grief

Sesame Street has an abundant amount of information and activities on many different subject matters for children. This short clip discuss' grief. When someone dies, your child might have strong feelings – sadness, despair, anger, confusion and anxiety. These feelings are normal. You can help your child by providing a safe and supportive environment as your child learns to deal with feelings about death. There is no ‘right’ way to grieve, everyone is different, and will have different feelings and reactions to the loss. There are many helpful tools we can provide you or a loved one who may be in that process.

Ripple Effects

This short documentary presents a personal, critical perspective from survivors’ point of view juxtaposed with viewpoints of caretakers, mental health professionals, law enforcement, agencies, policy makers, family members and the community at large.  Dialog at an emotional level from all perspectives connects the devastating ripple effects of sexual assault.  Rape is prevalent yet predominately hidden in our culture. Conversations about this hideous crime are addressed directly, openly and honestly.  This is a vital step in empowering victims and cultivating transformation.

Just ask...

 

This short PSA encourages individuals to "check in" with loved ones or friends.

Every year close to 800,000 people globally take their own life and there are many more people who attempt suicide. Every suicide is a tragedy that affects families, communities and has long-lasting effects on the people left behind. It is often believed that it is only adults who exhibit suicidal behaviors, but it should be made known that many children and young people engage in this kind of behavior as a result of violence, sexual abuse, bullying and cyberbullying. There are numerous complex factors that contribute to a suicide, but what is most important is that all of our actions must be geared toward prevention.

The overwhelming majority of people with mental health problems report being misunderstood by family members, shunned and ignored by friends, work colleagues and health professionals, called names and much worse by neighbors. 

Stigma is the perception that a certain attribute makes a person unacceptably different from others, leading to prejudice and discrimination against them.

Mental health stigma and discrimination prevent people from seeking help: this can delay treatment and impair recovery. It isolates people, excluding them from day-to- day activities and making it hard to build new relationships or sustain current ones. It can stop people getting or keeping jobs.

Elder Abuse

The Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse presents a public service announcement about Financial Abuse and Seniors.

NCTSN Public Service Announcement

 

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) was created by Congress in 2000 as part of the Children’s Health Act to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for children and families who experience or witness traumatic events. The NCTSN brings a singular and comprehensive focus to childhood trauma with its unique network of frontline providers, family members, researchers, and national partners. The NCTSN is committed to changing the course of children’s lives by improving their care and moving scientific gains quickly into practice across the United States.

 

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