Success Story Continued
This 18 year-old female client has a history of early childhood sexual abuse, physical abuse, and neglect. She has lived with her paternal grandmother since leaving foster care. She was kidnapped and raped by an acquaintance. When she was found by her grandmother, she was taken to AWARE for a SANE exam. Upon completion of the exam she was referred to AWARE’s sexual assault counseling. Since beginning counseling services she has verbalized a decrease in somatic responses due to the trauma of sexual assault. She reports pyscho-educational information and self-care techniques have helped in dealing with the initial trauma. She has since been able to start reintegrating herself back into school and social environments.