Fortunately, the majority of kids who experience traumatic events bounce back from them in a period of weeks or months, according to the American Psychological Association. That’s particularly true for children whose trauma consists of a single incident.
What is key is that kids to get the support they need.
Duval said she works with many college-age survivors of sexual assault. For all of them, it’s traumatic. But some do better than others.
“For (them), it’s experienced as a terrible, terrible thing, but based on the support systems they have and the people in their life and how people responded to them, they were able to work through it and process it better.”