Sexual Assault is a violation that occurs in many different forms with the side-effects lasting a lifetime.
So, why does a victim stay silent at all?
I think it is easy to look at someone’s situation or circumstance and pass judgments based on what you would do. Because it is easy to say if… then I would …
However, thinking about a circumstance or a situation and playing out the scenario in your head is extremely different than having lived it and experienced it for yourself firsthand.
Violations of this degree go far beyond the physical act. The victim is left with permanent emotional, physical, and psychological scars. Meaning that once the act itself is over, it isn’t over for the victim. The victim often re-lives that act repeatedly because of the multiple ways to which the violation impacts them. Leaving them with more than one could imagine, to learn to cope with.
Probably one of the most common reasons silence occurs is fear. But fear confines us all in different ways.
And a victim stays silent for several other reasons: