An experience with sexual violence is traumatic and can have various effects on a survivor, regardless of when it happened. Deciding to talk about it is not easy and reactions are different for each survivor. There are many reasons why a survivor may want to keep silent.
If you are a survivor, choosing to break your silence is a courageous step. You don’t need to know what route you want to pursue, nor must you label your experience in order to receive support or report it.
If you are worried for your safety or need immediate health care, but are not sure whether you wish to make a report, Brescia strongly encourages you to take one or all of the following steps:
Help is available and you have options.