Discover the complexities of navigating life when sex turns violent or traumatic, and how to empower yourself with support and resources. 

Understanding trauma 

Sexual violence can take many forms, including assault, coercion, and abuse. When sex turns violent, it can have long-term effects on a person's physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. It breaks trust, undermines autonomy, and leaves people often grappling with feelings of shame, guilt, and fear. 

Putting yourself first 

Choosing yourself means prioritising your healing and well-being above all else. It means recognising that you deserve support and compassion. While the path to healing is never linear, it's essential to reclaim your power and agency in the process. 

Support is power

Reaching out for support is a crucial step in healing from sexual trauma. Surround yourself with trusted friends, family members, or healthcare professionals who can provide empathy, validation, and the necessary resources. Therapy, support groups, and hotlines can offer a safe space to process emotions, explore coping strategies, and regain a sense of control. There are a number of resources that you can access to seek help. 

Part 2 | When sex turns violent/traumatic
Part 3 | When sex turns violent/traumatic