The Aftermath of Sexual Violence
Fowler, Mackenzie L.
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In 2007, there were 248, 300 victims of sexual assault (U.S. Department of Justice, 2007). This does not include victims that were under twelve years old. Sexual violence is a series problem in the United States, and throughout the world, and it is not going away. Therefore, researching what individuals, in both a profession and personal capacity' can do to best help the victims they come into contact with is crucial. Through personal interviews with sexual violence survivors, I looked at what helped and/or hindered them in the healing process. This paper discusses the experiences of Katie and Sarah, and through their stories, we can see how the reactions of the first people a survivor goes to, are can be either incredibly supportive and healing, or incredibly detrimental and hindering.