Some victims of sexual assault may use self-harm as a way to cope with difficult or painful feelings. Deliberate self-harm is when an individual inflicts physical harm on themselves, believing it will help them cope with their experiences and emotions. Self-harm is only a temporary relief, which can lead to permanent damage to the body and add more psychological problems that hinder the healing process. Friends and family are often the first ones to recognize the signs of self-harm.
If you or someone you know is struggling with self-harm click here to learn more about ways to support a loved one, the risk factors, and treatment options.
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