Dating after sexual assault

Healthy and Unhealthy Dating Behaviors
Healthy Dating Behaviors Unhealthy Dating Behaviors
Communicates openly and honestly Keeps secrets or lies
Respects your boundaries Pressures you into doing things you don’t want to do
Makes you feel safe and comfortable Makes you feel pressured or unsafe
Supports your goals and dreams Tries to control you or make you feel bad about yourself
Is there for you when you need them Is not there for you when you need them

Tips for Dating After Sexual Assault
Tip Description
Take your time. There is no rush to start dating again. Take your time to heal and process what you have been through.
Be patient with yourself. It may take time to feel comfortable dating again. Be patient with yourself and don’t give up if you don’t feel ready right away.
Set boundaries. It is important to set boundaries with potential partners. Let them know what you are comfortable with and what you are not.
Trust your instincts. If something feels wrong, it probably is. Trust your instincts and don’t ignore any red flags.
Seek support. There are many resources available to help you through the process of dating after sexual assault. Talk to a therapist, counselor, or friend who can provide support and guidance.

Resources for Dating After Sexual Assault
Resource Description Link
RAINN The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) is a national organization that provides support and resources to victims of sexual assault. https://www.rainn.org
The National Sexual Assault Hotline The National Sexual Assault Hotline provides free, confidential support to victims of sexual assault. https://www.rainn.org/get-help
The National Domestic Violence Hotline The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides free, confidential support to victims of domestic violence. https://www.thehotline.org
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is a national organization that works to end domestic violence. https://www.ncadv.org
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