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How COVID-19 Tests Can Be Triggering for Survivors of Sexual Abuse


The pandemic has been a trauma in itself. It has also brought to the surface unresolved trauma or carried triggers with it. Wearing masks has been triggering for some survivors of trauma and of sexual abuse.

Another trigger that isn’t spoken of much and can be challenging for survivors is the COVID-19 test. This is because it can trigger painful memories of oral violations and the sensations that come along, such as the gagging reflex.

The gag reflex is involuntary and difficult to stop when it occurs, and having no control can bring back the feeling of not being in control when the violation took place.

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