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After being assaulted, I've become somewhat obsessed with sexual assault as a topic. Is this unhealthy?


Thank you for asking this difficult question. To start, I want to say that what you are experiencing is a completely normal and understandable response to the trauma of sexual assault. It's not uncommon for survivors to become preoccupied with the topic of sexual violence in the aftermath of an assault, and this doesn't mean there's anything wrong with you or that you're doing something unhealthy.

In many ways, your focus on sexual assault as a topic may be a way for your brain to try to make sense of what happened to you and to regain a sense of control over your experience. By learning more about sexual violence, you may be seeking answers, validation, or a way to connect with others who have gone through similar experiences.

However, it's important to be mindful of how this preoccupation is impacting your daily life and your mental health. If you find that your thoughts about sexual assault are interfering with your ability to engage in activities you enjoy, maintain relationships, or function at work or school, it may be a sign that you could benefit from additional support.

Healing from sexual trauma is a complex and ongoing process, and it's okay to need help along the way. Talking to a therapist who specializes in working with survivors of sexual assault can provide you with a safe space to process your emotions, learn coping strategies, and work through any shame, guilt, or anger you may be feeling.

It can also be helpful to engage in activities that promote self-care and relaxation, such as exercise, mindfulness practices, or spending time with loved ones. Finding ways to reconnect with your body and your sense of self can be an important part of the healing process.

Remember, there is no one "right" way to heal from sexual trauma, and what works for one person may not work for another. Trust your instincts, be patient with yourself, and don't hesitate to reach out for support when you need it. You are not alone, and there are people who want to help you on your healing journey. Thank you for reaching out to us. 

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