Counseling provides a safe, private place where you can deal with your feelings and reactions. A person trained to assist sexual assault victims will understand the unique concerns you have and know ways to help you cope with the physical and emotional effects of the assault. A counselor can also help you deal with the reactions of family members and friends.
It can be especially helpful to talk with a trained counselor or a therapist who is knowledgeable about the trauma of rape and knows how to assist victims. Many sexual assault victims find that counseling therapy is an empowering experience.
Some sexual assault victims feel that if they avoid talking about the assault, they will be able to forget about what happened to them. Most victims who try this approach eventually find that they need to deal with the assault and its aftermath. If they don’t, their unresolved feelings and fears hold them back from enjoying their lives and participating fully in relationships.
Wangu Kanja Foundation operates a 24 hour crisis line manned by a trained counselor to provide counseling services.
Counseling Support Groups Counseling should be offered to all rape survivors and should cover three basic areas as follows: