Reminds me of when I got mugged at gunpoint about 10 years ago (this will make sense and relate to the thread later on) - I was abducted for over an hour and marched towards a cash-machine (in south Manchester, this is not SO uncommon). I was threatened with being shot almost continuously (I don't know if the pistol was a replica or real, but I took it as real, as you would do in that circumstance). The two guys were obviously high on something which made the whole thing a lot more frightening. Most of this time was spent standing still, with a gun at me, while these two guys argued over money. Taking advantage of their inebriation on whatever substance, I offered to walk to the cash-machine alone while they had their eye on me. Incredibly, they agreed, and I had some distance between them - I saw they had started facing each other while they argued (with the gun pointing to the ground) and I ran like hell down an alley next to the ATM. Never saw the guys again (hearing their shouts behind me), and reported the whole incident to the police.
Next day, I get a victim counsellor come round to my house. I thought this was good of the police to do this. However, I was soon told by this counsellor that I might face weeks of trauma, possibly with varying degrees of agrophobia, anxiety, depression. She told me I had faced an horrific experience and that I should acknowledge that, and try not to brush it off. After about 20 minutes of this, I felt weird. She offered weekly counselling - I was happy to decline. All I got from her was fear-mongering and an impending sense I was helpless to weeks of anxiety.
As it happened, I did feel a bit scared to go outside simply because I was wary that these two guys might be local and they might remember me - that feeling lasted about 2 hours. After that, normality resumed.
Far more traumatic experiences in my life: having appendicitis, having my finger caught in a door as a kid, and most of all - divorce.
My point: we all react differently to different circumstances. Everybody's "painometer" is different and reacts to different things. Some people might have been traumatised by an abduction. Not me, not really. However, when it comes to crimes like rape, we're told that for every women, it's one of the worst things that can happen to her - that all women's painometers are exactly the same. This does nothing to help a lot of rape victims since I believe they COULD get on with their lives if they weren't reminded how "their lives are now devestated" by many so-called do-gooders.