Brochure To Help Rape Victimes Find a Healthy Approach to Recovery

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Chapter one Purpose The purpose of this project is to introduce a brochure, based on current evidence, that can help rape victims find a healthy approach to recovery. It is important to provide victims with support, contact numbers, counselors and self help strategies in case they do not follow up with a medical professional. If victims refuse to talk it is important to teach them about therapeutic poetry and journaling which are optimal ways of expressing emotions. Holding in feelings over time can lead to self directed violence, nightmares, trust issues, and changes in relationships. Victims are at risk for re-victimization by society and the justice system. A brochure could provide reading material that can enable victims to regain control, and initiate the healing process when emotionally ready. Many victims are under so much shock and are unable to really listen because they are numb. Written material will enable victims to start the healing process on their own allowing the victim to take control. Brochures can empower victims to find answers, express feelings and break their own silent reaction. Rape statistics show that they are not alone, it is important for victims to feel this. Those victims who are unwilling to communicate thoughts independently, with counselors, friends, family or health care professional are at risk for ineffective coping, increase anxiety, depression, impulsive aggression, and post traumatic stress disorder. Depression, mood swings and suicidal thoughts can occur if acute trauma is left unresolved or untreated. It is important to be socially connected and emotionally stable, and find ways to move from victim to survivor. Each person processes the event in their own way and recovery takes time. The... ... middle of paper ... ... and controlling ones emotions. Interpersonal is expressing and obtaining information with others. Extra personal is recognizing, backing away and relaxing. Change Initiating a change in a hospital setting can begin by looking at the quality of the service that is provided. Lewin (1951) developed a model for change by describing it as an imbalance between the driving and restraining forces. Kurt Lewin developed a theory involving three phases to change. The first phase requires the motivation of others to see the need for change called unfreezing. Unfreezing is when one makes other people aware of the sudden need for change. The second phase is movement and this is where a plan is developed, implemented and modified by all those affected. Finally the refreezing stage is where people realize the importance of change and adapt (Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins 2006).

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