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“70 percent of sexual assault victims experience moderate to severe distress, a larger percentage than for any other violent crime.”
PTSD can, “manifest in physical ways, like chronic pain, intestinal problems, muscle cramps, or, as in Lucy’s case (below), a paralyzed vocal cord.”
“29-year-old classical vocalist Lucy awoke to find that making sound, any sound, was almost impossible. “It felt like someone was strangling me from the inside,” she says. An ear, nose, and throat specialist diagnosed a paralyzed vocal cord. He couldn’t identify the cause of her injury, but it was permanent, he said. Irreversible.”
Lucy had been raped resulting in her throat paralysis.