If you have been sexually assaulted, you are likely to experience emotional shock, denial, nightmares, sleeplessness, flashbacks, changes in appetite, difficulty working and concentrating, and feelings of guilt, despair, depression, self-blame, or anger. Feeling overwhelmed is a natural response. Survivors may:
- Feel ashamed
- Think that the pain will go away
- Not be sure if what happened was really rape
- Believe they are responsible in some way
This initial stage is followed by a period of recovery, during which you may vacillate between feeling completely recovered and still feeling traumatized.
The most important thing is that you not isolate yourself and that you make a positive choice to spend time with people who believe you and support you. Spend time with people who can assist you and who can help you sort out what you need to do to take care of yourself.
Counseling can be helpful for victims of sexual assault. Many counseling techniques help victims of sexual assault develop new coping skills related to their traumatic experience, such as emotional regulation, cognitive restructuring, relaxation, and mindfulness techniques. Additionally, survivors of sexual assault can also receive from their counselor information about their symptoms and issues related to the type of trauma the survivor of sexual trauma experienced.
UB Counseling and Wellness Services
UB Counseling and Wellness Services provides services designed to promote the academic, personal, and social growth of students. The college years are times of accelerated growth, significant challenges, and considerable stress. It is normal, even expected that students will encounter difficult or stressful events. However, when students use the resources available to them, there is a much greater chance of success and overall well-being. Counseling services are available to all UB undergraduate and graduate students during the academic calendar year. UB Counseling and Wellness Services offers individual, group, and general support services by qualified mental health professionals. Students in need of long-term support may be referred to an appropriate community provider.
UB counseling staff members are trained and experienced in dealing with issues specific to college students. Many students return to Counseling and Wellness Services over the course of their time at UB and sometimes may choose to see a different counselor. We understand this need for choice and flexibility; each counselor has something unique to offer at a particular time.
Counseling is a collaborative effort between the counselor and student. Whether this is your first or fifth time here, we encourage you to share with your counselor any questions you have about Counseling Services or the therapy relationship, including how therapy works and how it can be useful to you. Working through and talking about your feelings will be most effective in getting on with your life. Many students find solace by accessing counselors on their campus, in their communities, or online. Below are lists of several resources that could be helpful for you or someone you know.
Counseling Services provides short-term personal counseling free of charge to all students. Counseling sessions are typically 45-50 minutes in duration. There is a 12-session limit per student for the academic year. Most students have their needs met in 1 to 4 sessions.
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Student Health Services
The University of Bridgeport Student Health Services offers high quality, student health care for the treatment of acute illnesses and injuries. Serious medical problems are referred to the local hospital emergency room. A medical director, nurse practitioners, and nurses staff the center.
Health Services’ emphasis is geared towards wellness. We offer health education, preventive health screenings, health promotion programs, and immunizations. Students’ individual needs are attended to in a confidential and caring manner. All information and records pertaining to any aspect of a student’s health are strictly confidential.
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The Campus Security Department offers the follow services to students and all members of the UB community:
- Issuing ID access cards to students, faculty, and staff; this is done from Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If a person cannot make it during this time, they can schedule another time by placing a call to Campus Security
- Issuing PAL’s (Personal Alarm Locators) to all students, faculty, and staff
- Providing personal safety (walking) escorts on campus
- Maintaining a lost and found department
- Registering motor vehicles and issuing parking decals
- Assisting on-campus motorists with vehicle jump starts and vehicle unlocks
- Providing the University community with crime prevention information
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