Consider seeing a counselor.
Sexual assault is traumatizing for many reasons. It is not only a physical trauma caused to your body, but it also may completely overturn your understanding of the society we live in and your sense of justice. The vast majority of survivors know their assailant. Being assaulted by someone who was a friend or intimate partner can destroy a sense of trust in the people around you. Common symptoms after a sexual assault are depression, suicidal thoughts, a loss of interest in activities that were previously enjoyable, and an increase in “risky” behavior such as drug use and binge drinking. It may be difficult to talk about some of the feelings and concerns you have with your friends and family, and your loved ones may mean well but not have the appropriate training to help you get back on your feet.
It can be helpful to talk to a professional about the assault and how you feel. This person is trained to be an objective and non-judgmental third party and help you understand trauma and recovery. While there is a stigma against mental health services in some communities, taking care of your mind can help you reduce levels of anxiety, depression, and destructive thoughts or behaviors and help you do what you came to school to do.