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How sexual crimes affect victims

Published April 05. 2013 05:04PM

According to the Victims Resource Center, sexual assault can cause many problems for an individual. These include:

• Disable a person both mentally and physically, temporarily or permanently.

• Cause people to doubt themselves and turn a trusting person into an overly cautious, fearful one.

• Cause lives to be so disrupted that normal relationships with family and friends are greatly strained.

• Cause physical injuries.

• Cause emotional scars.

• Cause a person to feel angry, guilty, ashamed, insecure, afraid and depressed.

• Cause financial problems due to theft, medical bills, lost time at work, loss of future income due to a disability resulting from a crime or damage to property that is not insured.

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