Follow-up Treatment and Support can Help Survivors Heal

A follow-up visit may be recommended for STI and/or pregnancy testing, treatment, and checking-in on the survivor’s recovery (Leduc-Robert and Marsden, 2020; Buchanan, 2023).

In the weeks and months after the sexual assault, some survivors may develop physical and emotional symptoms, such as pain, a lack of appetite, or difficulty sleeping. They may also find it very difficult to resume their habits, lifestyles, and sexual relationships (Buchanan, 2023).

Counselling and other resources can be helpful in the healing process e.g., cultural support programs and practices, crisis support, and emotional support.

Click here for information on where to access sexual assault support services.

Questions? Contact our Community Coordination for Survivor Safety (CCSS) team at ccss@endingviolence.org.