One of the most terrifying experiences that a person can become a victim of is a sexual assault. Whether it be rape or molestation by a stranger or partner, the assault can be traumatizing and leave the victim plagued with depression, anxiety, and thoughts of suicide. One of the mental illnesses that many victims of sexual assault suffer from is post-traumatic stress disorder.
Commonly referred to as PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental illness that is causes by experiencing an event in which the afflicted person was harmed or witnessed others being harmed. It was first greatly recognized in war veterans who would have debilitating flashbacks to their time on the battlefield. Anything like a smell or sound that reminds the victim or their traumatic experience can trigger a flashback.
Sexual assault victims who suffer from PTSD often have trouble feeling affectionate towards people they were once close to and may tend to isolate themselves. They also more easily become irritable, aggressive, and violent.
If you have been the victim of a sexual assault and often think or feel as if you are re-living your attack, you may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. As a sexual assault victim you have the right to seek damages from your perpetrator for your pain and suffering.
Contact the Appleton sexual assault lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, LLC at 800.472.9334 today.