Have you gone to therapy or counseling after a rape? What outcome were you looking for? Did it help?
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2 years ago. I went ahead and went to a meeting with a therapist at school, was supposed to be registered for some support group, and never got contacted again. And that was sort of the last time I touched any of that stuff mentally.
I just found out that my rapist has moved to the United States to live with a woman who I tangentially know. I also just watched the painfully true to life rape story line on Friday Night Lights. It's started freaking me out again and I'm back to nightmares. Although I have a very supportive boyfriend, I feel incredibly melodramatic telling him that I'm upset about this when there's nothing concrete I can figure out to do about the situation. I've cried and he's given me long and wonderful hugs, but I can only do that so many times before it starts to become foolish.
I feel like this is supposed to be what therapy is there for, but I don't really know what I would want out of it, other than to stop being bothered by having been raped. And when I tried last time, the therapist didn't seem particularly invested, and then they never followed up and I never followed up because it had been such a big hurdle to do the damn thing and it wasn't particularly helpful.
Have you gone to therapy or counseling post-sexual assault and found it helpful? What did you go into it looking for? What did you get out of it? I appreciate your help. If you have any specific resources, I'm in the Columbus OH area and other things can be sent to email@example.com