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 for your help, for everything you have done for me over the last few days. Your services are more than impressive and impeccable for anyone who may be in danger or in need of help of any kind. I may not be here today without your protection and the services you provided me. It is amazing to know there are people out there that give their absolute best to keep others safe, because they can and they care. Before making the call to you I felt too ashamed and far too proud to ask anyone for help. But now I feel strong knowing that I had the courage to put my hand up and ask for help. It saved my life! 

Sarah, Gold Coast

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  • Provide more emergency transport and accommodation to those escaping violence.
  • Provide more safety planning, crisis counselling & information to those escaping violence.
  • Educate Queenslanders on how to help family/friends/colleagues experiencing violence.