For some women, pregnancy is not just occasionally scary, it is terrifying.
Not every woman will see childbirth as a joyous experience.
Breast isn't always best.
Past physical and sexual abuse leaves a lasting impact on a woman's life. But by understanding not only the depth of that impact and how that impact can be mitigated, you can not only help a survivor heal but also improve the lives of families and the community in which you live.
All you need is a willing heart.
Basic healthcare experiences can feel overwhelming and sometimes triggering for abuse survivors. This post is the first in an occasional series in which I undertake important health-oriented must-do’s through the lens of an abuse survivor.
When we don't acknowledge heartbreak, or really any emotion, we run the risk of numbing all our emotions.
When the the idea of "normal as a goal" connotes something different and positive for one population: abuse survivors.
Are you taking relationship risks? Relationship risks are behaviors that stem from a place of scarcity in our lives.
Earlier this summer I conducted a brief survey for survivors of sexual trauma; either as an adult or as a child. In the trainings that I do, I stress a trauma-informed approach so I thought sharing the survey here might be helpful for those who need to ask about possible abuse.
Do things need to change? Great! You can do it.
Starting September 13, I will lead a peer-led support group for female-identified sexual abuse survivors. It is open to any sexual trauma survivor. That includes incest survivors, rape survivors, child sexual abuse survivors and survivors of sexual violence within and intimate partner relationship.
Regardless of our age, comfort objects serve an important purpose: they remind us of what is safe and familiar in uncertain situations. The skill of being able to generate feelings of safety can be especially important for trauma survivors who can be re-triggered at vulnerable times.
I started a survey for sexual abuse survivors (whether as an adult or a child) that asks about 10 questions. The information will be used to help professionals better understand how past abuse affects later health and wellness. Can you help?
School is out but kids are still learning.