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Stages of Trauma and Recovery


When victims begin to acknowledge that they had no control over what happened and were not to blame, they may begin to experience intense feelings of fear, anger, and rage. They may—

  • Be angry with everyone but their perpetrators because offenders are the "least safe targets" for victims' anger.
  • Start a grieving process.
  • Begin to identify their personal losses and start to face the pain that surrounds those issues.