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The following thesis includes a literature review of the immediate and long-term effects of sexual assault on victims in regards to their physical, mental, and emotional health and romantic relationships, followed by a proposed workbook for sexual assault victims/survivors. Being that typical responses immediately after an assault are fear, disbelief, and activation of the sympathetic nervous system, it is to no surprise that long term issues of depression, anxiety, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) often arise as well. Thus, a workbook was created with the intention of educating readers about sexual assault and helping victims/survivors to heal from the trauma with the incorporation of writing prompts, therapeutic artwork, self-diagnostic questionnaires, and resources. Ultimately the workbook will be published in English and Spanish, online as a PDF, and distributed to shelters, clinics, and hospitals across Southern Nevada.
Sexual assault; trauma; healing; therapy; rape; pain
Clinical Psychology | Law and Psychology | Other Psychiatry and Psychology | Social Justice | Women's Studies
The Aftermath of Sexual Assault: Creating the "I Am More Than My Experience" Workbook.
Available at: https://digitalscholarship.unlv.edu/award/52