Sexual Assault - Survivor Shame & Guilt - Depicted in a Brilliant Cartoon Illustration by psychologist Nina Burrowes

The majority of sexual assault and sexual abuse survivors struggle with some sort of guilt or shame that clouds their self esteem, and ultimately affects interpersonal relationships too. Many survivors are perplexed as to why they simply can't accept it when someone says, "It wasn't your fault," or how damaging it can be when someone does the opposite and victim blames. This cartoon by psychologist Nina Burrowes is brilliant, and captures the thinking process behind survivor guilt and shame, and how to find the way out.

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This cartoon is an excerpt from Chapter 2 of "The Courage to Be Me" by psychologist Nina Burrowes. Follow her on Twitter, or buy the e-book or paperback.