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How to Listen When Someone You Know Discloses Sexual Harassment or Assault

Every day now in the news, we learn of various actions taken by those facing allegations of sexual assault and harassment. One set of actions has to do with their reported sexual harassment and/or assaults. Another set of actions has to do with how they respond when accused. Both types of action are crucially important. …

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Supporting Survivors: 6 Ways You Can Be Of Help

In listening to a survivor’s story, your response can have an enormous impact on that person’s healing journey. I want to point you to some tools—words, actions, and resources—that can help you support someone who shares their personal experience(s) with you. Although you can never take away what happened to someone, you can be a source of …

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Mental Health Challenges Resulting from Sexual Assault

Sexual assault teaches victims that their bodies are not really their own. Victims often report feelings such as shame, terror, and guilt, and many blames themselves for the assault. In the aftermath of a sexual assault, survivors face extremely difficult and painful emotions and experiences. Every survivor responds to traumatic events in their own way. …

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Domestic Violence Resources

By The Recovery Village |  Domestic violence can take many forms, with the most common types being physical violence, rape, stalking, and emotional or psychological abuse. In the United States, domestic violence is commonly associated with cases of sexual assault, stalking, homicide, mental illness, and suicide. The pervasiveness and complexity of domestic violence mean that anyone — regardless of …

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Self-Harm: What It Means & What Can Help

What is self-harm? Self-harm is a broad term that describes the act of hurting yourself on purpose. It is also known as self-inflicted violence, self-injury, or self-mutilation. Self-harm could include any of the following behaviors: People can also harm themselves by drinking alcohol, smoking or taking drugs (all of which could lead to addiction), eating …

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Understanding PTSD Flashbacks and How You Can Cope With Them

Flashbacks are memories of past traumas. They may take the form of pictures, sounds, smells, body sensations, feelings, or the lack of them (numbness). It is common for a survivor to experience vivid images of rape or sexual abuse, making you feel as though the event is happening all over again. These vivid images are …

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The Secret To Practicing Self-Care When You Have No Idea Where To Start

Big things can grow from little routine changes. Taking care of yourself isn’t all manicures and “treating yo’self,” don’t cha know? When you break it down, self-care is about ensuring your most basic needs are being met. And that (literally) takes time. Sometimes, looking after your most simple, human needs—the eye-roll inducing, obvious ones—is harder than it seems. …

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