Trauma and abuse counselling services are preparing for more calls ahead of Cardinal George Pell's appeal hearing next week.
Organisations such as the Centre Against Sexual Assault (CASA) reported a surge in work when Pell's conviction for molesting two teenagers in the 1990s became public knowledge.
They believe the same may happen when the appeal is heard on Wednesday and Thursday next week.
Carolyn Worth, a spokesperson for CASA forum, said: "If it's really causing you tension, just dig deep and walk away from it.
"You get really distressed if it triggers you. Just limit what you're doing - or don't do it.
"Don't cause yourself that upset. It's just not worth it because you cannot control any of this."
When the suppression order on reporting Pell's conviction was lifted, CASA reported a much higher level of calls, and an increase in former clients seeking services.
The appeal hearing will take place from June 5-6, but there is a strong chance a decision will be announced at a later date.
Ballarat survivor Peter Blenkiron said everybody would have their own way of coping with the publicity.
"There's no hard and fast rule - by checking in with a counsellor, you can check what's right for you, and have a structure and a plan around potential outcomes. This is just a bump in the road. With the right support, it doesn't have to be a fall."
Mr Blenkiron encouraged anyone who might be affected to get an appointment with a counsellor if possible, or alternatively to check in with their GP - or to use helplines if necessary.
""Everybody is going to be different," he said. "Don't do it alone. If in doubt, reach out to somebody."
- Anyone affected can phone CASA, Sebastopol on 5320 3933, email email@example.com, or free-call the crisis care line 24 hours on 1800 806 292.
- Alternatively Phone Lifeline on 13 11 14, or Relationships Australia on 1300 364 277.
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