Is What I’m Feeling Normal?
As a person who has survived a violent crime you may experience a large range of conflicting emotions. These may include some of the following:
Ø Guilt: Society has conditioned us to feet the victim “asked” for it.
Ø Anger: You are the victim and did not deserve for this to happen.
Ø Fear: You may be afraid the suspect will return.
Ø Shame: You have been violated and may feel “dirty” or that people must think badly of me.
Ø Helplessness: You may feel you have “lost control of your life”.
Ø You may find yourself unable to sleep.
Ø You may find your appetite has changed.
Ø You may not want to be left alone.
Ø You may have trouble resuming normal sexual relationships.
Ø You may have trouble concentrating or making decisions.
Ø You may cry uncontrollably.
Ø You may be afraid of men.
Ø You may feel depressed.This information is provided by, or adapted from information provided by, Mid-Valley Women's Crisis Service.