An illustration of a couple sitting on a table with only their hands visible. The man is extending his hand to his partner, while she sits with crossed arms and clenched fists. On the table is also a vase with a flower. The illustration is set against a light blueish purple backdrop with the 'Why This Now?' logo at the left bottom.
How a survivor's loved ones and society react to sexual assault plays a huge role in how survivors process the trauma. Illustration by (c) Reset Fest Inc, Canada


Episode 6: Returning to Intimacy After Sexual Assault

Sexual violence scars many aspects of a survivor's life, including food habits, body image and intimacy.

On today’s episode of Why This Now? by Re:Set, we look at what it’s like navigating intimacy after experiencing sexual violence, and how the lingering trauma impacts survivors. 

Author and survivor Sohaila Abdulali and public health professional and survivor Zahra Bhaiwala share their deeply personal stories of how trauma has manifested in their relationships, opening up about sexual assault to a potential partner and the societal pressures of victim blaming and gaslighting, while sexual violence counselor Tara Fox tells us how loved ones can better support the healing process and how sexual violence impacts survivors. 

Trigger warning: Please note, this episode has mentions of sexual violence, rape, and sexual trauma. Listener discretion is advised. If you or someone you know is experiencing sexual violence or trauma, please know there is support you can access. You can also find more information and resources around sexual assault and trauma on our website.


Host: Aakanksha Tangri 
Writers: Sanjukta Bose & Akanksha Mishra
This is a Maed in India production.
Audio Engineer & Editor: Kartik Kulkarni
Producer: Mae Mariyam Thomas
Assistant Producer:
Husein Haveliwala

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