Healing Rape

Healing rape is vital to prevent severe harm.  Rape is the most totally invasive assault on another person. Even when there is little physical force with no physical injuries the psychological injuries are enormous. and long lasting.  There has been a violation of boundaries, broken trust added to the feeling of personal danger that occurs with rape.

This must be resolved to let the victim lead a healthy and happy life.  Hypnotherapy using the Richards Trauma process is the gentlest, fastest and most effective way to heal.

If the support system they look to for support is a parent, partner or spouse, some may be unwilling to accept reality and leave or blame the survivor. In that situation, it is even more important to be able to find support in others. In order for the victim to heal, they must have the fact that the rape happened acknowledged

And the survivor support system is not really supportive and many rapes go unreported because of the combination of the personal guilt, self-blame and embarrassment as well as the horrendously combative nature of our legal system which drags on your years.

Guilt and self blame is among the most common of both short- and long-term effects and this slows or, in many cases, stops the healing process.

Rape is different from other forms of physical violence and trauma. Even though people may suffer from PTSD following a variety of terrible events, rape victims are more likely to experience long-lasting mental and physical problems — and here, long-term can mean a lifetime of torment. Several studies have shown that rape trauma victims have one of the highest risks of developing PTSD and related conditions.

A team of German researchers compared 27 rape survivors from World War II with women who had experienced other types of trauma during the war. Among that elderly sample, the authors wrote: “Women exposed to conflict-related sexual violence reported greater severity of PTSD-related avoidance and hyperarousal symptoms, as well as anxiety, compared with female long-term survivors of non-sexual WWII trauma.”

A 2011 study found cortisol levels in rape victims were elevated in comparison to those of other traumatized people. “Whereas salivary cortisol levels decreased in the course of the interview for the group with no past experience of rape, those PTSD patients who had been raped showed a significant cortisol increase when reminded of their traumatic events.”

While it’s normal to have trouble coping in the days or weeks following any type of violence, PTSD is, by its very definition, a long-term problem, including sleeping problems, nightmares, severe anxiety, numbness, and depression that can last longer than a month. In fact, these symptoms sometimes last for many months or even years and, without treatment, can get worse over time.