Call 1800 010 120 between 7.30am - 11.30pm, 7 days

Impacts of sexual assault/sexual abuse?


Impacts of sexual assault/sexual abuse on adults & adolescents

It is common for an adolescent or adult who has experienced sexual assault/sexual abuse to suffer one or all of the following affects or symptoms:

  • Sleeplessness
  • Startled
  • An overwhelming feeling of being unsafe or trusting no one
  • Headaches, nausea, dizziness and memory loss
  • Feeling fidgety and unable to concentrate
  • Staring out the window; having a blank mind or sometimes the opposite
  • Crying
  • Flashbacks
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Feeling numb
  • Feeling angry
  • Feeling “unclean”
  • Feeling alone and fearing being judged

There is no right or wrong way to feel after a sexual assault or sexual abuse, everyone responds differently.


Call the Sexual Assault Helpline

Call 1800 010 120

Counsellors are available from 7:30am until 11:30pm, 7 days

Thank you DVConnect for saving my Mums life, and mine. You guys getting us out of there changed everything. Thank you so much. Life is good now! 

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