Sexual assault is a trauma, and each person will react to it in a unique manner. Like any other trauma, sexual assault may disrupt your life for a while. Even though the trauma is over, you may experience the “aftermath” of the event, including a range of difficulties and reactions. Aftermath effects may include emotional shock, disbelief, self-blame, panic, anger, and/or feelings of powerlessness. Though each person and situation is unique, it is important for you to know that these reactions are normal reactions to an abnormal event. Some of these reactions may be temporary, while others can be troubling for months or longer. You may think you’ve dealt with the trauma; however, it is not unusual for strong feelings to occur again when you try to get close to a partner. In either case it is important to know that assistance is available.