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The Mental Health Consequences of Rape

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4) “Flashbacks and loss of good memories as my mind blocked the horrendous ones to help me survive.”

Jonathan Miller, a therapist who works with sexual trauma survivors, said in an email that it’s helpful for survivors to talk about their experience with a supportive group of people.

“If the emotional issues continue after thirty days, there's effective therapy for post-traumatic symptoms,” Miller said. “Prolonged Exposure therapy is one of the best-researched and validated ... Even if survivors can't undo the assault, they can extinguish the anxiety, fear and shame that comes with memories of the attack.”

Sources:

Raja, Sheela. Email interview. August 29, 2012.
http://www.sheelaraja.com

Tessina, Tina B. Email interview. August 29, 2012.
http://www.tinatessina.com

Dutchevici, Silvia. Email interview. August 29, 2012.
http://criticaltherapy.org/our-founder

Emmons, Freda. Email interview. August 29, 2012.
http://www.flameofhealing.com

Miller, Jonathan. Email interview. August 29, 2012. http://psychotherapysphere.com/about/

Reviewed August 30, 2012
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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