Dream Interpretation: Recurring nightmares of rape

by S

Visitor's Dream on recurring nightmares of rape, sexual assault and violence: 'I've always dreamt a lot but not nearly as much as I do now. I've been having a week or so of constant nightmares that really is affecting my daily life. I can't get enough sleep. I walk up in terror and cannot go back to sleep in fear of more nightmares.



To give you a little background information about my history when it comes to the issue of violence and sexual molestation. As a young teenager(13), I had a relationship with a much older (in his 20s) who used to sexually molest me on regular basis. I wouldn't go in much detail but he didn't beat me up or rape me. My mother did beat me up quite often as a child. Sometimes using footwear and other objects. I never was raped but I developed this fear because every 'visit' I had with this older man, and when he touched me, I kept getting more and more scared. I always thought "how far will he go?" and my fear of intimacy started there and also my resentment for men (which was in the beginning encouraged by issues with my father)


In my nightmare, I was in a building that was scary, and dark. I remembering seeing a few of my girlfriends. They were sitting in a bar, having drinks. I remembering then trying to get to the bathroom, and I see this room with big windows. I saw a girl being viciously raped by this man. I saw him beat her up, rape her with objects and repeatedly beating her as he raped her. When I tried to run away, just turn away. It was too violent. I couldn't. I found myself in a room with locked doors, forced to sit and watch this woman as she gets beaten, and he eventually murdered her. She collapsed in a pool of blood. I remember wanting to run and tell my friends so I could save them. I remember thinking that their turn will be next if I don't do anything but every door was shut in my face. It was so violent and vivid that I woke up in terror. Like I witnessed a real life murder and rape.

The next night, I had a nightmare of being chased and raped by a man, who put me face down, and I remember feeling degraded wondering what's gonna happen, and how is my fate going to be. Those same feeling I felt when I was molested as a child. I felt shame. The man though seemed rather calm. Like he has done this before.

The next night, I also had a dream of being beaten up and raped. I didn't remember as much.

The night after that, I had a nightmare where I was chased but didn't know who is chasing me. I remember running for my life.

I feel like there is a theme with all these dreams. I also have had 2 rape dreams in the past 2 months or so (not including ones mentioned) and I feel like it's affecting my life. Especially the murder scene, It really left an impact. I do think of it quite often and it's scary..

I've posted here before and it really did help me understand my situation better. Please, I would appreciate any answer, specifically on ways I could help reduce the amount of nightmares I am having. I can't seem properly or relax. it's really affecting my emotional ad physical being.

Anything is EXTREMELY appreciated.'

Comments for Dream Interpretation: Recurring nightmares of rape

Click here to add your own comments

.
by: John

Hello S,
I believe the 1st dream is an attempt by the unconscious to force you to deal with your past in more ways than you think. Firstly, the big windows suggest you need clear observation of things. The rape and you being forced to watch no matter how much you try to escape is, I believe, the unconscious making clear that you are not entirely aware of the degree to which you may have been sexually abused in the past - that is, you possibly water it down or gloss over it in waking life. The extent of the violence is "overkill" and therefore highlights a need to point this out. Your need to "run" and tell your friends is not about rescuing them, it reflects to me perhaps how you do not deal with this issue in waking life. That is, you use an excuse not to remember (watching in the dream).
The other dreams link into this one. The theme of being chased might be symbolic of your past catching up with you. That you have shelved this stuff for too long and the unconscious is attempting to force it into the conscious for the sake of SAVING YOU.
J



Hi J,
by: S

Hi J,

What do you mean about myself not being aware of the degree that I've been sexually abused? Do you mean there are things that happened that I may not have been aware of? or that I'm not aware of the degree of the damage that it has caused? I'm asking because I had very early childhood memories of being put to bed by a family member and then as I fell asleep I remember they started to undress me. I don't remember the rest as I was very young and unaware of what was happening. I woke up the next morning and that family member wasn't there and my pants were down and the room door was left open. My older sister (who was about 4 years older than me, but I think she was still just around 12 years old at the time) used to mock me about having my bottom out while sleeping. They were vague memories so I never gave them the time of the day. I do wonder every now and then if anything really happened or were they just vague untrue memories (although my sister who is adult now still recalls teasing m about it) I'm just wondering if it has anything to do with that?
I'm sorry for my long responses, I just feel like there is a lot that this could mean and I just need to know so I can move on from there :)

.
by: John

Hey,
long posts are fine, in fact they are preferred.
I'm not sure if the dream is about possible past abuse that you have forgotten, it could be. What I meant in my first post was that it might symbolise you having repressed information or misconstrued the extent of the perpetrators behavior so that it doesn't seem as bad as it was. This often happens for victims, particularly victims of sexual abuse, as they suffer much guilt and shame for distorting their thoughts about offences committed against them due (sometimes) to feeling like they were in some degree responsible.
Let me know what you think.
J

the body NEW
by: Anonymous

I think such dreams are the body's way of working out stress and life's pressure. The people in the dream may not be important but what you saw and felt was.

dream about rape NEW
by: Eileen

my daughter who is 16 has been having a nightmear every night for one month. I was just told about it yesterday. She does not have a boyfriend(never goes out) does not do drugs (check her room daily)
She does have a iphone and computer. Recent movies all academy award movies. Her dream is the same man who rapes her in public no one helps her just stares at her and then he kills here.
I have scheduled her to see a therapist and a psychiatrist to see if they can help her, She will not tell me who the man is in her dream

a young girls dream about rape NEW
by: Eileen

my daughter who is 16 has been having a nightmear every night for one month. I was just told about it yesterday. She does not have a boyfriend(never goes out) does not do drugs (check her room daily)
She does have a iphone and computer. Recent movies all academy award movies. Her dream is the same man who rapes her in public no one helps her just stares at her and then he kills here.
I have scheduled her to see a therapist and a psychiatrist to see if they can help her, She will not tell me who the man is in her dream

daughter with repeated rape dreams NEW
by: Mom

My 16 year old daughter has been having a dream where a man she knows rapes her in public everyone just looks and no one helps and then kills here. She has had then 4-5 nights a week. No drugs room checked everyday no boys does not go out has a phone and computer. Only movies watch were academy award movie. She finally told me yesterday so I have her scheduled to see a psychiatrist in a month the soonest tring to get her into a therapist as soon as posbile

response NEW
by: Anonymous

I have the same problem and have found that when I go out with friends or play sports, I don't have the dream. If I sit at home alone on the computer or watch TV all day, the dreams usually occur. I don't know why but that's how it works for me.

Rape NEW
by: Anonymous

My granddaughter says she's had a recurring dream about a little girl about two years old in a green room about to be raped by a dark skin man. The girl has a big face but looks like her

Understand NEW
by: J

I agree with you completely, i've never actually have been beaten but i do have recurring rape dreams. I'm never the one to actually see someone be rape, it turns out to be me just being raped. I know who the rapist is in my dreams, (its a person that was hurt and i wanted to help him but he pushed me away,this was in real life,he was a friend of mine.) The whole entire dream is terrifying, basically me in my house alone when my doorbell rings i thought it was my mom and dad. Instead it was "him". I was petrified and couldn't move during the whole experience, it felt like a lucid nightmare. I've been having these rape-like about 2x a week. I'm not joking! i don't want to go into full detail about what happens because it makes me terrified even more. If anyone can explain why i have these dreams everyone once while then reply back asap.

Idk NEW
by: Anonymous

I've been having some dreams like that for last year and today my head hurts from dreaming it as if it did happen. Now idk if it's my worst nightmare or an actual thing

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Share your Dream!.

Free Dream Interpretation Service