Sexual trauma affects both men and women, but men can experience it in a different way than women. Society often expects more stoicism out of male victims and survivors, which can create an additional layer of difficulty for them when trying to cope with the experience. For those who have experienced sexual trauma, accepting and understanding what has happened is essential for healing. At Valiant Living we like to discuss the unique challenges men face when dealing with sexual trauma and how to overcome them. We will also cover practical tips on how to heal from such a traumatic experience.
Sexual trauma is a type of psychological trauma that can occur when a person is sexually assaulted, raped, or otherwise abused. It can have lasting effects on the victim’s mental and physical health.
Sexual trauma is more common than many people realize. It is estimated that one in six men will be sexually assaulted at some point in their lives. This means that sexual trauma is not just something that happens to women – it can happen to anyone.
The experience of sexual trauma can be different for everyone. Some men may feel angry, ashamed, or guilty. Others may feel numb or disconnected from their bodies. Some men may have trouble sleeping, eating, or concentrating. Others may turn to alcohol or drugs to cope with the pain.
If you are a man who has experienced sexual trauma, it is important to understand that you are not alone. There are many resources available to help you heal from this experience. With time and support, you can begin to rebuild your life and create a new sense of self.
-Talk to a therapist: A therapist can help you process your experience and work through any trauma.
-Join a support group: There are often groups available to help men who have experienced sexual trauma. This can provide some support and allow you to share your experiences with others.
-Find an activity that helps you relax: This could be something like yoga, meditation, or spending time in nature. Doing something that helps you relax can be beneficial in managing stress and anxiety.
-Talk to someone you trust: It can be helpful to talk to someone who understands what you’re going through. This could be a friend, family member, or someone else who is supportive.
There is no one "right" way to cope with sexual trauma. However, there are some common reactions and experiences that many men have after surviving sexual trauma. These can include feeling isolated and alone, feeling shame and self-blame, having difficulty trusting others, and struggling with intimacy.
Valiant Living's Men's Program can help you cope with these experiences in a number of ways. We provide a safe and supportive environment where you can share your story with other men who have been through similar experiences. Our trained counselors can offer guidance and support as you navigate your healing journey. And, our comprehensive program offers a variety of tools and resources to help you build resilience and cope with the long-term effects of sexual trauma.
If you're ready to start healing from sexual trauma, Valiant Living's Men's Program can help you on your journey. Contact us today to learn more about our program and how we can help you heal.