US Magazine – Bill Cosby was sentenced last month for sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, denied bail and immediately sent to state prison.
In a victim impact statement, Constand said that the assault had changed her life.
“The man I had come to know as a mentor and friend drugged and sexually assaulted me. Instead of being able to run, jump and pretty much do anything I wanted physically, during the assault I was paralyzed and completely helpless. I could not move my arms or legs. I couldn’t speak or even remain conscious. I was completely vulnerable, and powerless to protect myself.”
“After the assault, I wasn’t sure what had actually happened but the pain spoke volumes … I felt completely alone, unable to trust anyone, including myself. … Bill Cosby took my beautiful, healthy young spirit and crushed it. He robbed me of my health and vitality, my open nature, and my trust in myself and others.”
The Associated Press reports that Cosby has been in a single cell near the infirmary at State Correctional Institution — Phoenix in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, since September 25 … Read more at US Magazine and E News.
Effects of Sexual Violence
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) – Sexual violence can have psychological, emotional, and physical effects on a survivor.
These effects aren’t always easy to deal with, but with the right help and support they can be managed.
Learning more can help you find the best form of care to begin the healing process.
- Depression: There are many emotional and psychological reactions that victims of rape and sexual assault can experience. One of the most common of these is depression.
- Flashbacks: During a flashback, memories of past traumas feel as if they are taking place in the current moment.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: After a traumatic event, it is typical to have feelings of anxiety, stress, or fear, making it difficult to adjust or cope for some time afterward.
- Self-Harm: Deliberate self-harm, or self-injury, is when a person inflicts physical harm on himself or herself, usually in secret.
- Sexually Transmitted Infections: An STI is a bacterial or viral infection passed from one person to another through vaginal, anal, or oral contact.
- Substance Abuse: If you are concerned that you’re using substances in a way that could be harmful to your health or have concerns for someone you care about, consider learning more about the warning signs and places to find support.
- Dissociation: Dissociation is one of the many defense mechanisms the brain can use to cope with the trauma of sexual violence.
- Eating Disorders: Sexual violence can affect survivors in many ways, including perceptions of the body and feelings of control.
- Pregnancy: If you were recently raped, you may have concerns about becoming pregnant from the attack.
- Sleep Disorders: Symptoms of sleep disorders can include trouble falling or staying asleep, sleeping at unusual times of day, or sleeping for longer or shorter than usual.
- Suicide: Suicide is preventable and suicidal thoughts aren’t permanent. If you are thinking about suicide, there are resources to give you the support you need to get through this tough time.
- Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse: Many perpetrators of sexual abuse are in a position of trust or responsible for the child’s care, such as a family member, teacher, clergy member, or coach.
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE, online.rainn.org y rainn.org/es) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice. Read more.
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