Dr. Colleen Cira is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in Women and Trauma. Here are a few things she would say about Sexual Violence/Assault/Abuse:
You could do or say anything to “deserve” it.
- No one EVER deserves this. Ever.
- What you were wearing, what you said, what you didn’t say, if you were into it just a few minutes before it went too far—none of it matters.
You should’ve said no/run away/told someone sooner.
- Your body may not have let you.
- Understand basic info on how our nervous system sometimes gets in the way of protecting ourselves.