may feel an increased sense of powerlessness because the
drugs used rendered them unconscious or inhibited their
physical ability to ward off the sexual advances of the
Survivors are more likely to delay reporting the incident,
if they report at all. Some may decide not to report or
seek help out of feelings of self-blame and guilt.
If they report, there is usually difficulty in recalling
the assault and descriptions regarding the perpetrator.
It is likely that they will be uncertain about the circumstances
of the attack, including who was involved and specific details
about the event.
Survivors struggle with not knowing what happened to them.
All the "unknowns" may create tremendous anxiety
as the survivor tries to search her/his memory for answers.
If the perpetrator has not been clearly identified, these
survivors wondering who the perpetrator could have been,
experience more generalized fear and anxiety which is heightened
by interaction with almost any man.
•Survivors may experience a loss of control.
The prosecution of substance-related sexual assault is difficult
due to the survivor's inability to recall details and important
facts about the event.
Survivors also must deal with the fact that they may never
know the identity of the person who assaulted them.
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