Each survivor’s response to trauma is different.

There are no comprehensive lists of symptoms of sexual abuse and assault but trauma does show common effects on body, mind, and spirit. If you identify with some of these symptoms it is important that you seek help to heal. Sacred Cycle creates healing with a combination of individual and group support, as well as awareness and education.

Common Symptoms of Unaddressed Childhood Trauma and Effects of Sexual Assault

  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, powerlessness, shame, or feeling “dirty”
  • Anxiety, panic attacks, and hypervigilence
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts and attempts, feeling destructive
  • Cutting, self injury, or self mutilation
  • Body image issues
  • Eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, and/or compulsive overeating)
  • Difficulty with or avoiding relationships, automatic lack of trust of others
  • Avoidance of appropriate and consensual sexual intimacy
  • Addictions and compulsions (alcohol, drugs, food, gambling, spending, pornography)
  • Body memories, somatic symptoms
  • Poor boundaries with others (too permissive or too rigid)
  • Difficulties nurturing yourself or caring for yourself appropriately
  • Frequent sleep disturbances (insomnia, nightmares, night terrors, sleeping too much)
  • Flashbacks
  • Dissociation or losing time
  • Difficulty managing emotions

“grieve. so that you can be free to feel something else.”

— Nayyirah Waheed