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

I wish to sincerely thank you and the entire DVConnect team for their past and present assistance during these past few years of family turmoil. Without such a wonderful service it would be that much harder for women and children.

Jenny, Northgate Brisbane

We need your support.

With your donation we can:

  • Provide more emergency transport and accommodation to those escaping violence.
  • Provide more temporary accommodation for pets whose families have escaped violence.
  • Provide more crisis counselling to those who have experienced violence.
  • Educate Queenslanders on how they can help family/friends experiencing violence.