Healing After Sexual Harassment

Healing After Sexual Harassment

There are various steps a victim can take to get over the experience of being sexually harassed. Expressing your thoughts and emotions is one effective way of helping with insomnia, grief, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

People who take self-care activity into consideration exhibit more signs of relief and happiness. They also begin to feel more opportunistic within months after being consistent with this process. 

One idea you can incorporate into your healing is writing about your harassment experience. Include facts about the incident and how you felt during the time it was taking place. After, reflect on how you are feeling now. Emotions of frustration and sadness may emerge when you are writing, but this will help you lose the heavy feeling in your chest along with alleviating stress. 

If you find yourself feeling more upset than usual after concluding your writing, try practicing this step again. In some circumstances, it may take time for this to create a positive impact on your overall health. 

It is suggested that you take small breaks in between to recollect your thoughts or to give yourself a breather from reliving such an unfortunate experience. If you still continue to struggle, it is highly recommended to get support from a close friend, family member, mentor, therapist, or mental health provider. 

Sharing Your Experiences

When it comes to sharing your sexual harassment story with others, be aware that there are risks involved. The individual you choose to talk with may potentially respond to you in a hurtful way, even if they are trying to come from an understanding place. They might also discuss your situation with others. Trust your intuition when you decide on who to share your personal information with. 

Tips For Listeners

If a victim of sexual harassment is opening up to you, make sure to present yourself in a caring, supportive stance. Show affirming body language. Maintain good eye contact while nodding and leaning forward. Give responses that show you are paying attention, thus giving them validation that you are supportive and care about their unfortunate circumstances. 

Self-Care Strategies 

Try to focus on your self-care and how you have been treating yourself lately ever since the incident occurred. Instead of reflecting on negative past actions, try to remember when you were last happy. Generally, emphasize your focus on positive thoughts to help you increase your chances of keeping a consistent flow of happiness. Continuously putting yourself in a dark spot will only make you feel worse about yourself and will not help you out of an upsetting mentality. 

The process of recovering from sexual harassment may take some time. Patience is a key factor that will help along the way. Common emotions that will emerge include:

  • Isolation.
  • Being misunderstood.
  • Mirky thoughts.
  • Insomnia.
  • Headaches, nausea, loss of appetite, and stomach pain. 
  • Anger, frustration, shame, and guilt. 
  • Nervousness or anxiety. 
  • Lack of self-confidence. 

All of these emotions are a sign that you are going through the healing process. Try to take some time to be aware of your reactions and how they play a significant part in  your recovery. 

Overall, it is recommended to be consistent with taking care of yourself, while also seeking encouragement from others. Going through the journey with supportive people by your side will make it an easier process for you to deal with anything that is either emotionally or physically difficult to pull through. 

What Can West Coast Employment Lawyers Do For You?

If you have made up your mind to take action, it is important to work with an attorney that specializes in cases like yours. The sexual harassment lawyers at West Coast Employment Lawyers have extensive experience handling sexual harassment cases. We will work tirelessly to gather the facts, find and interview eyewitnesses, hire experts, and fight for your rights.

We work on a contingency basis, which means we only get attorney’s fees if we are able to recover for you. Our legal team is available 24/7 and will take care of your case from start to finish. For a free no-obligation consultation with a sexual harassment attorney in California, contact our office at (213) 927-3700

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