10 affirmations for survivors of sexual trauma

10 affirmations for survivors of sexual trauma

In the United States, 1 in 3 women will experience some form of sexual violence in their lifetimes. In fact, most of us personally know someone who has experienced sexual trauma. It’s time we begin to recognize the prevalence of sexual trauma and make space for survivors and their healing. In honor of April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we’re sharing 10 supportive affirmations written by survivors.

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Surviving the trauma of my family

Surviving the trauma of my family

I remember the day when one of my friends made the decision to stand up for me by telling his mom about my abuse. As a result, my adoptive mom called an emergency family meeting where they interrogated me as my grandfather sat directly across from me. They questioned why I never cried or screamed, as if that was the only way to prove the abuse I endured. When he denied it, everyone left... and I felt my stomach drop to the floor.

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How my daughter saved me from a mental health breakdown

How my daughter saved me from a mental health breakdown

But even with an amazing therapist… I still didn't feel "right." My heart would feel like it was going to burst, rendering me unable to catch my breath. Eventually, I lost interest in my studies and dropped out of school at age 15. I didn't care about anything, not school, my family, or my future. I didn't have anything or anyone to give me hope...until the birth of my daughter.

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Broke, Depressed, & Burnt Out: Why I quit being a counselor

Broke, Depressed, & Burnt Out: Why I quit being a counselor

When announcing my desire to leave the field and take a break, I was met with, “But we need more black counselors like you in the field… How could you leave?” While I recognize the significant need for clinicians of color, I am unwilling to turn my profession into martyrdom. I will not exhaust my mental energy and watch my body wither for the sake of another. I deserve the same space to heal as my clients.

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