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Trauma During the Arrest and Chargesheet Filing Phase

“Hello there! I’m here to provide you with a bit of information on navigating trauma when a chargesheet is filed against the perpetrator and the perpetrator is arrested. I would like to remind you that suggestions on this post should not be taken as medical advice, legal advice, therapy, etc. or as a one-size-fits-all approach.  Keep in mind that every individual’s journey of  experiencing and navigating through stress or trauma is distinctive because you are one of a kind and no person is truly like you!  Experiencing abuse in any form is NOT OKAY, but what you are experiencing as a result of abuse is valid.  Please know that healing is not a formula and is not for anyone else to define for you. You do you, and you follow all that you need to follow, to help yourself. If you need additional resources or just someone to talk to, feel free to reach out to Imaara Foundation."

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When does arrest of the accused occur?

Once the police identifies the accused and is aware of their whereabouts and identity, they may make an arrest.

Accused persons are sent for a thorough medical check up to examine their body for signs that may potentially validate the survivor’s account. Once again, the absence of signs does not mean that sexual violence has not occurred.

What is an Official Identification Parade?

What can you do if you are not satisfied with the investigation process or collection of evidence as a survivor or complainant?

What will survivors & witnesses be asked to do during the arrest phase?

When is the chargesheet filed?

What are some things you can expect during these phases?

What are some ways you can handle trauma during these stages?

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