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"One year ago, I locked my door and went to sleep; like we all do on any given night. Unfortunately, this night was like no other before and was one I will never be able to forget. I woke up that night to a co-worker who had undressed himself, crawled into my bed and raped me. "
Kathleen, rape survivor

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    Rape is a crime that revolves around power, hostility, and violence. Know the truth.

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    Most rapes are committed by someone the victim knows. Learn more about date rape.

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  • Was I raped?
    Legal definitions of rape and sexual assault, and possible questions.

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    Ideas on what to do how and to handle the first hours following a sexual assault.

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    What is the "date rape drug" and how can you avoid becoming a victim?

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    Information on reporting rape and sexual assault.

  • Recovering from sexual trauma
    Coping with anger, fear, stress, guilt & shame, flashbacks.

  • Flashbacks
    Helpful things you can do when you are experiencing a flashback.

  • Depression
    Like sexual violence, depression can target anyone regardless of age, race, nationality, gender, religion or sexual orientation.

  • Eating Disorders
    Traumatic events can trigger an eating disorder. Learn more.

  • Insomnia
    Suggestions and ideas to cope with sleeping disturbance.

  • Self Care
    Suggestions and ideas to help you relax and reduce stress as you recover and heal from the assault.

  • Dental visits
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  • Rape Trauma Syndrome
    A condition affecting victims of rape and sexual assault, both adult and children.

  • Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing
    A therapeutic technique to help rape victims process painful memories.

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