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Recent events in Australia’s political sphere have led to an explosion of sorrow, fear and fury from sexual assault survivors who have been triggered to re-live their own distressing experiences.
And while most in our community understand grief as a normal human response to the death of someone important in a person’s life, many are not aware that it is also a common response to the loss of a valued aspect of life. For sexual assault survivors, these losses can be multiplied and include things that are integral to wellbeing such as;
• loss of life as it existed before
• loss of a positive view of the world
• loss of faith in other people and authorities
• loss of positive self-concept
• loss of belief in the virtue of others
• loss of a general feeling of safety
• sex-related losses.
And because many sexual assault survivors do not report or speak of their experience due to fear of retribution, recrimination or not being believed, their grief often goes unacknowledged, leading to disenfranchised grief.
To make matters worse, sexual assault survivors are often forced to process their grief without social support and validation which are important protective factors in the grief process.
That is why we have started this thread on the forums. We invite anyone who feels they have lost the person they once were to tell your story here. This is a place to receive much-needed social support and validation to help you work through your grief process.
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