Almost every survivor of sexual assault or abuse will at one point think, “It was my fault.” What many of us don’t know is WHY survivors feel shame and guilt or why others around them might blame them instead of the perpetrator. The following cartoon breaks down the reasons why.
To all the survivors out there who are blaming themselves for what happened, here’s the psychology behind why you might feel so guilty. I’m crossing my fingers that at least a couple of you will read this and finally feel some solace.
And for anyone who has ever asked, “Why didn’t she run away?” or “Why didn’t he scream?” — this one’s for you, too.