Since the majority of sexual abusers know the person they target, the likelihood is high that someone who has experienced sexual abuse will cross paths with the person who abused them.
Taking care of yourself is the #1 priority. Some recommendations to do that:
- If possible, remove yourself from the situation.
- If you can't leave the situation, use grounding techniques (the article suggests several)
- Be prepared if you know you might see them (e.g. have a trusted friend with you)
- Establish groundrules with family and friends if you are likely to see the person at family or friendship gatherings
For more information, read the full article here.