While everyone responds to the trauma of sexual assault differently, there are some common themes that you may experience, including but not limited to:

  • Changes in appetite (eating too much/too little, not feeling hungry, etc)
  • Changes in sleeping patterns, difficulty falling asleep, having nightmares
  • Feeling shocked, numb, or detached from reality
  • Feeling ill or nauseous
  • Having difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling dissociated from the event
  • Inability to remember details of the event
  • Withdrawal from family and friends
  • Discomfort with sex
  • Difficulty trusting others
  • Fear of being damaged or worthless
  • Feeling responsible for the attack
  • Feeling guilty, shameful, or embarrassed
  • Feeling mood
  • A lack of interest in things that once made you happy
  • Feeling anxious or jittery
  • Denying anything actually happened
  • Difficulties with interpersonal or romantic relationships
  • Decline in academic or work performance

If you have been Assaulted: 

Go to a safe place - you may want to contact someone you know and trust to be with you.

Contact a resource - click here for campus and community resources.

Preserve evidence - if can avoid it, please do not shower, change clothes, douche or brush your teeth.  It is very important to preserve evidence for evidence collection, which provides proof of a criminal offense should you decide to press charges.

Seek medical treatment - above all, you need to take care of yourself.  You can visit the UCCS Student Health Services or Memorial Hospital.