Recovering from Sexual Assault

For many people recovering from sexual assault is an ongoing process and can take time. It is important that survivors are given the space and time to heal and remember that it is never too late to seek support.

Immediately following a sexual assault, it is important that a survivor gets to a place where they feel safe. This could be their own house, or the house of a friend or whanau member or other trusted person. After this has been achieved it is encouraged that survivors seek medical attention, for their own health and safety, even if they have no intention of going to the police.


Self-care is an important part of everyone’s lives but it is especially important for survivors. There are a number of common strategies that individuals use when coping with extraordinary stress in their lives. It is important to remember that individuals have their own way of, and pace for, processing traumatic events and each individual must listen to and honour their own pace and way. Here are some suggestions of positive coping strategies for dealing with stress and trauma.

Physical Self-Care

Psychological Self-Care

Emotional Self-Care

Spiritual Self-Care