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I was the victim of a crime: what does that mean for me?
Consequences of the Offense
A victim of a crime can experience some of the general impacts and reactions:
General consequences:
  • Property loss
  • Physical injury
  • Emotional damage
  • Social consequences
  • Effort to clarify the crime (e.g. making a statement in court, visits to authorities)
Own reactions:
  • Sleeping disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Flashbacks of the crime (images, dreams, thoughts)
  • Avoiding places, situations, activities, or people that remind one of the crime
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Depression, mood swings, anxiousness, anger
  • Resentment
  • Physical discomfort
"You are not crazy; instead, you are reacting to a crazy incident in a normal way."