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Mental Health Counseling For Survivors of Sexual Harassment

 

Survivors of sexual harassment can be a great source of support for each other. These individuals may experience a variety of barriers when seeking mental health counseling. Fear of retaliation is a common obstacle for victims of sexual assault, and this can make it even more difficult for them to report the incident to a higher authority. Fortunately, there are ways to overcome these challenges and get the help you need. This article will highlight some of the most common barriers and provide you with tips for getting the help you need.
Survivors of sexual assault face barriers to mental health treatment

Many cultural and racial differences pose unique obstacles to the mental health of survivors of sexual assault. For example, in some cultures, seeking out outside help may be discouraged. Instead, survivors are encouraged to rely on their faith and their community. However, this lack of help can lead to stigma and even shame. The Department of Veterans Affairs classifies personality disruptions as pre-existing conditions and thus rarely covers survivors’ mental health treatment.

Research shows that many sexual assault survivors face significant barriers to accessing mental health services. These barriers often occur because survivors have been historically marginalized. Additionally, survivors may experience a range of other conditions that limit their access to care. The lack of support for sexual assault survivors may further add to their distress. For these reasons, a more survivor-centered, culturally appropriate approach to sexual assault services is needed to improve outcomes for survivors.

They may delay reporting

If you suspect sexual harassment, don’t wait. Many victims delay reporting until they feel that it’s too late. Some survivors even say that it’s too late if they’ve already gotten a divorce. Fortunately, Assembly Bill 218 is aimed at addressing this problem. Here are some reasons why you may need to delay reporting sexual harassment. Here’s a sample of what you can expect.

Some survivors choose not to report the assault because they don’t want the perpetrator to get into trouble. Others may be afraid of social condemnation or retaliation. Others may be skeptical of law enforcement after past bad experiences. And some victims may not want to risk being branded a liar because of a single act. If this is the case, you might want to seek counseling. Counseling can help you determine the best way forward.
They may fear retaliation

For survivors of sexual harassment and assault, retaliation can be a big problem. The fear of being retaliated against is real, but a victim can still receive counseling. They can also request a deferment of performance evaluations, promotion considerations, and skills tests. Retaliation is an extremely common issue and the services provided by SVCs are designed to counter this.

Some survivors have told survivors that the aftermath of the assault was worse than the actual assault. Survivors often feel like troublemakers, and their peers may turn against them when they need support. This may be because they feel they’ve been singled out and don’t want to associate with the perpetrator. Some survivors have even had their careers damaged because they reported their harassment. It’s not unusual to see survivors fearing retaliation in sexual harassment counseling.

They may delay reporting to a higher authority

Oftentimes, when someone reports sexual harassment or assault, they are put on hold while the incident is investigated. The commander may attempt to encourage the victim to contact a SAPR VA or SARC before reporting the incident. However, they will not do this unless the incident is truly serious. Sexual harassment or assault can be traumatic for both parties and they may delay reporting it to a higher authority for fear that the perpetrator will take it out on them.

The NDAA also specifies the types of sexual assault cases that can be reported by members of the NG or Reserve. Specifically, NG and Reserve members can report sexual assaults to a SARC or VA. Moreover, they can also file restricted reports to seek non-medical referrals. These options are also included in the NDAA for FY 2012 and FY 2014 and the corresponding reference (o) and 1044e.

They may delay reporting to a support group

Some survivors may delay reporting an assault to law enforcement because they don’t want to cause retribution or social condemnation for the perpetrator. Others may be afraid of social stigma or being dismissed from a popular group or organization. Still others may be reluctant to report sexual assault or harassment because they have had a bad experience with law enforcement. Whatever the reason, it is vital to understand that a delayed report may have far-reaching effects.

For many survivors, the act of reporting to the police may seem overwhelming. In addition, they may feel powerless to speak up and report the abuse, especially if school counselors dismiss it as “boys’ play.” However, survivors should remember that reporting to police gives them control over the situation and can help them in their recovery. If the perpetrator does report, it could result in a criminal record, or the person who perpetrated the sexual assault may face legal consequences.

They may delay reporting to law enforcement

In many cases, victims of sexual assault and harassment may be hesitant to report their experiences, but this is not necessarily the case. While reporting a sexual assault or harassment can give victims some sense of empowerment, it should not create false expectations. In fact, only 12 percent of reported incidents result in criminal prosecution. This is why victims of sexual violence or harassment should consider undergoing counseling to process their expectations before reporting to law enforcement.

While it is often helpful to report an incident immediately, many victims hesitate to do so because they feel that they are in danger of retaliation from the perpetrator or fear of social condemnation. Others don’t report a crime for a variety of reasons, including cultural beliefs or financial dependence on the perpetrator. Others may hesitate to report an incident because they do not trust the criminal justice system or have had bad experiences with it.