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Following the moments after a sexual assault, a survivor spends several hesitant seconds, deciding whether it is safe to open their eyes. The moments following a sexual assault are best described as a ‘heavy fog’. After surviving a rape, a woman’s sense of security and safety is entirely altered. The nights following a sexual assault consist of hiding away due to an overwhelming sense of fear and panic. Following rape, a woman will go to great lengths to hide away from people.

For some victims, sleeping in a bed, in the middle of a room creates too much exposure. The fear of something coming at them in any given direction is real. Sleeping in a closet, on the other hand, offers some protection, safety.
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Life After Sexual Assault
Following the moments after a sexual assault, a survivor spends several hesitant seconds, deciding whether it is safe to open their eyes. The moments following a sexual assault are best described as a ‘heavy fog’. After surviving a rape, a woman’s sense of security and safety is entirely altered. The nights following a sexual assault consist of hiding away due to an overwhelming sense of fear and panic.  Following rape, a woman will go to great lengths to hide away from people.<br />
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For some victims, sleeping in a bed, in the middle of a room creates too much exposure. The fear of something coming at them in any given direction is real. Sleeping in a closet, on the other hand, offers some protection, safety.