Thank you so much for being brave enough to ask what is on the mind of so many.
Absolutely no one is at risk or more vulnerable to being assaulted or harassed. The biggest shame of sexual assault or abuse is a victim thinking they are at fault or they could have done something differently during the situation than they did. The shame a victim feels leads them to not report the incident(s). Sexual assault is likely the most under-reported crime in the United States. About two-thirds of female sexual assault victims do not report to the police, and many victims do not tell anyone. Sexual assault is a terrifying and viewed as a humiliating experience. The healing pattern or time varies for each person. No one heals or has the same experience or perception of sexual abuse or assault the same. Everyone does it in their own way.
The highest reported age of incidence is of teenagers during the developmental stage of exploring and determining one’s identity, a time when many teenagers do not feel comfortable discussing any sexual issues with their parents, let alone an assault.
Yes, victims can recover physically, emotionally, and physiologically from sexual harassment or assault. Memories do not get erased, but mind can be made to have indifference and have a discontinuation of emotional responses when data/memories do come up.
While memory of past day-to-day events is often poor, research has shown that memory of traumatic events is stored differently in the brain. Clients describe some memories being so emotionally charged that they become frozen in time, and some particulars can be recalled in excruciating detail, as if the event just occurred, while others may be forgotten. Mind or memory gets stuck reading past data/information as being current.
In my opinion, traditional therapy may often re-traumatize or trigger past events causing disturbing thoughts and emotions. With Rapid Resolution Therapy, brain is notified painlessly that the thoughts are from the past event and presently there is nothing that needs to be done. Clients are left no longer identifying them self as the trauma. Mind identifies and categorizes it as event that happened, but is not “who they are” and there is recognition that they had nothing to do with what they did or did not do during the trauma.
In health and happiness, Dr. Dara