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Common Reactions

There is no one way a survivor should act or behave. Some survivors react calmly to the assault; others show little emotion; others cry; others laugh nervously. Each of us responds differently to trauma and loss. While each person reacts differently to rape and sexual assault, there are some common reactions shared by many survivors. These reactions may appear, then disappear, then reappear again at a later time. All of these reactions are normal and may eventually subside over time as the person heals.

Common Reactions