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Another impact of sexual violence is dissociation. When something really scary is happening, our brains are wired to "switch off" to protect us from the extent of what's happening. For example, when people have been in a car crash, they often say they don't feel any pain or feel like they are watching the accident happening to someone else. If you have experienced trauma, the impacts can continue long after it's over, and if there is a trigger (like a sound, a smell or a person) your brain disconnects. You might feel spacey, like you can’t see or hear what is going on around you, or "come to" after a period of not knowing what was going on.


One survivor who experiences dissociation gave us these tips:

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