When stories about abuse or sexual assault dominate news headlines, it can be an immensely challenging time for survivors. Constant coverage about these issues can bring back or trigger memories associated with trauma, making it increasingly difficult for survivors to cope.
Help is always available
If you or a loved one has been affected by any form of abuse or sexual assault, know that you’re not alone and help is available. Speaking to friends, family, a medical professional or someone who you trust can help you on your journey to healing.
There are a number of services ready to assist you, including:
- 1800RESPECT 1800 737 732
- Bravehearts 1800 272 831
- Blue Knot Foundation 1300 657 380
- Lifeline 13 11 14
- Mensline Australia 1300 789 978
- Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
- beyondblue 1300 224 636
Take care of yourself
“It’s important to take care of yourself if you have a history of trauma or have supported a loved one through it, as these headlines can trigger painful flashbacks,” says Leanne McDonald, National Practice Leader of Abuse Law at Shine Lawyers.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed from the recent media coverage, try doing the below to look after yourself:
- Take a break from consuming news and social media.
- Talk to someone you trust about your feelings.
- Dedicate time to self-care and partake in something that brings you joy.
- Seek professional support to help you through this.
While the tips above sound simple, they can help minimise the impact of traumatising content. Remember you don’t have to suffer in silence - we encourage you to be brave and reach out for help if you need it.
To abuse and sexual assault survivors, we believe you.
Written by Shine Lawyers. Last modified: March 3, 2021.