Trauma can show up differently in everyone. It can be subtle and unexpected, or blatant and impossible to ignore.
Possible Responses of Individuals Who Have Been Affected By Trauma
- Disrupted sleep patterns
- An inability to concentrate or focus
- Fear of leaving a safe space
- Anxiety and/or depression
- Appear flat or calm
Each one of these reactions is normal to a traumatic event. There is not a right or wrong way to act when telling one's story of sexual violence. That's why it is so important to show support to all acts of disclosure of sexual violence.