Clínic Barcelona

Self-Help Guide for Women Victims of Sexual Assault

Sexual violence is one of the most frequent forms of violence against women. This type of assault constitutes one of the most common crimes affecting women and is an attack on their freedom, dignity and physical and psychological integrity. Hospital Clínic has had a Family and Gender Violence committee since 2000, which carries out a program to provide urgent attention to women who have suffered rape or sexual assault in Barcelona. An action protocol is used to provide rapid, effective and comprehensive care. Many women who suffer from this type of assault develop considerable psychological sequelae. With this guide, Hospital Clínic aims to provide women who have been the victim of sexual assault with the necessary tools to overcome the incident. The guide provides details of the most common psychological reactions that occur in the early days and suggests conducts to aid recovery.