South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence

Articles about ‘Caring for Yourself’

101 Phrases of praise

For Family & Friends, Teachers, Workers

A page filled with positive phrases and words.

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Caring for yourself

For Workers

Working with survivors of sexual assault is stressful. As 'trauma' workers you are exposed to a range of traumatic events. This resource discusses the personal impact of Secondary Traumatic Stress, prevention of STS at home and at work and worker burnout.

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Coping with flashbacks

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Young People

What is a flashback?
A flashback is a dissociated memory that returns to consciousness. It might be a smell, a taste, a sound, an image, an emotion, or a combination of these things. It might last a moment or linger on for weeks.

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Counselling for partners

For Family & Friends

The importance of counselling for partners in a relationship with someone who is dealing with the effects of childhood sexual abuse cannot be emphasized enough.

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Counselling information for women

For Female Survivors, Workers

This booklet has some basic information about counselling and your rights. It covers issues such as types of counselling, questions to ask the counsellor, common issues, confidentiality and complaints.

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Dance therapy

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Workers

This report is about an eight week trial program introducing dance therapy to a group of young women who were survivors of sexual assault.

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Dental issues: A guide to positive dental experiences

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors

Why is your oral health important?Reflects and influences general health & well being
Reduce chances of pain & discomfort associated with oral health problems
Oral health problems can lead to:
difficulties with eating & speaking &
embarrassment over teeth condition

To avoid onset of diseases: cavities, tooth decay & gum disease....

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Feeling safer

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Young People

If you are a survivor of sexual or physical assault you might experience fear and anxiety around issues of safety. This is a normal and appropriate response to what has happened to you.

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Getting the most from counselling

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Young People

When you are on a healing journey, it will be more beneficial if you and your traveling companion (your counsellor) have a good working relationship. Remember, it's your journey not theirs.

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How family & friends can help

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors, Male Survivors

After a sexual assault, the victim needs to
Get medical attention
Know it wasn't their fault. Feel safe
Take control of their life. Be believed. Things you can do to help
Listen, don't judge - Try to simply understand their feelings.

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Interactive online peer support and counselling options

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Workers

A resource sheet with links to online support options in Australia and overseas.

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Naturopathy and sexual assault

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors

An overview fact sheet about how Naturopathy aims to treat an individual in a wholistic encompassing manner.

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Nightmares

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors

Most people have dreams when they sleep, although they may not always remember them when they wake. Dreams are usually related to things that have happened during the day or in recent times. They are the subconscious minds way of making sense of events that have already occurred.

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Online peer support and counselling options for victim/survivors of sexual assault

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors

In 2011 Michi Forgan and Avrille Burrows, RMIT final year Social Work students, researched and produced information sheets about online oprtions for both peer support and counselling of victim/survivors of sexual assault.  

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Professional services

For Workers

Training
About Sexual Assault
An introductory 3. 5 hour workshop about sexual assault designed for professional or community groups. This workshop is a pre­requisite for professionals who wish to enrol for the further SECASA workshop: "Working With Clients Who Have Been Sexually Assaulted".

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Should I have counselling or not?

For Male Survivors

There are many social pressures on men to not seek help when they need it. Often men grow up believing that they have to ''tough out'' pain and worries, in order to prove their manliness.

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Should I have counselling too?

For Family & Friends

Counselling for parents can be very helpful. If you are feeling
overwhelmed by your own responses to your child's sexual assault it
may be a good idea to find someone to talk to.

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Surviving Christmas

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Young People

For many Christmas can be a difficult time. Suddenly being surrounded by family can bring back old memories or exacerbate complicated situations. If you think you may find the festive season hard then now is the time to do some planning to help you through it.

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Survivor's survival guide

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors

Counselling can be helpful particularly if you are experiencing ongoing impacts. Some people develop anxiety, depression or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after being sexually assaulted, and the symptoms can be experienced months or years after the event.

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Ways of coping

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors, Male Survivors

A list of options to help survivors cope.

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