EMOTIONAL WOUND THESAURUS

BEING SEXUALLY VIOLATED



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Emotional wounds will steer a character's behavior, corrupt his worldview, and cause negative traits to form. To understand exactly how this occurs, please read our tutorial for the Wound Thesaurus.

NOTE: We realize that sometimes a wound we profile may have personal meaning, stirring up the past for some of our readers. It is not our intent to create emotional turmoil. Please know that we research each wounding topic carefully to treat it with the utmost respect.
NOTES:
While there is a huge difference between being raped and receiving unwanted texts, the sense of sexual violation is the same. For this reason, we have included all kinds and levels of sexual harassment, violation, and assault in this entry.

EXAMPLES:
Rape or attempted rape (by a stranger, acquaintance, family member, or partner)
Being forced or coerced to perform sexual acts, such as oral or anal sex
Being prostituted
Fondling or unwanted sexual touching
Incest
Being rubbed up against in a crowd
Being forced to watch pornography
Being forced to pose for pictures or participate in videos
Being flashed
Receiving unwanted sexual texts, photos, or messages

WOUND CATEGORY:
Crime and Victimization, Traumatic Events

BASIC NEEDS OFTEN COMPROMISED BY THIS WOUND:

safety and security, love and belonging, esteem and recognition, self-actualization


LIES THAT MAY DEVELOP FOR CHARACTERS WITH THIS WOUND:
If they tell, people will think they're lying or they encouraged it
They will never be whole
They brought this on themselves
They were targeted because they're weak
Their judgment is flawed for not seeing what was right in front of them
No one will want to be with them now
No one (including themselves) can keep them safe from predators
Trusting people means getting hurt
The people closest to you always cause the deepest hurt

THE CHARACTER MAY FEAR:
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POSSIBLE RESPONSES AND RESULTS:
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POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES THAT MAY RESULT:
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NEGATIVE TRAITS THAT MAY RESULT:
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TRIGGERS THAT MIGHT AGGRAVATE THIS WOUND:
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STEPS TOWARD HEALING:
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OPPORTUNITIES TO FACE OR OVERCOME THIS WOUND:
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