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Understanding Trauma

Trauma can show up differently in everyone. It can be subtle and unexpected, or blatant and impossible to ignore.

Possible Responses of Individuals Who Have Been Affected By Trauma

  • Disrupted sleep patterns
  • An inability to concentrate or focus
  • Fear of leaving a safe space
  • Anxiety and/or depression
  • Appear flat or calm
  • Headaches

Each one of these reactions is normal to a traumatic event. There is not a right or wrong way to act when telling one's story of sexual violence. That's why it is so important to show support to all acts of disclosure of sexual violence.

‘Trauma and the Brain’ (Video)

What happens in the body and brain after someone is overwhelmed by something beyond their control (a traumatic event)?

Trauma and the Brain