Just like sexual violence, depression can target anyone regardless of age, race, nationality, gender, religion or sexual orientation. Victims of rape, sexual abuse, and sexual assault are included in one of the highest percentages of people who at some time do experience some form of depression.
Depression is a serious condition, and while recovery is possible, depression is not something that can be easily overcome by trying to think in a positive way. Asking someone to "snap out" of depression makes as much sense as asking someone to "snap out" of a heart attack. It takes time for the victims to overcome their depression and they should never be asked to move at a faster pace than they are ready or comfortable to.
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