Sexual Assault, Rape Culture, Healing from Trauma, and Anchoring Love in Our World

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I’m excited to have a narrative piece featured in OTV Magazine about sexual assault and the need for change in our society.  Click here if you would like to read it.

Sexual assault and violence against women is sadly common.  Over the years, many junior high, high school, and college students have confided in me about trauma in their lives currently or in their pasts.  As a junior high teacher, I became a quick expert at handling CPS and police officers.  This was a part of my job that I never imagined while taking college classes and planning lessons.

Changing Rape Culture:  Though some people are dismissing the Trump comments as locker room talk, they are actually part of rape culture, a culture that needs to change, not just for women but for men as well.  In the future, let’s hope more men are caught on tape calling other men out on bad behavior and anchoring a better, safer world for women, other men, boys, and girls, not bragging about assault. At the very least, these men won’t lose as many of their jobs, clients, friends, family members, and elections if they start behaving differently.

I hope someone starts a YouTube series titled “Men on Tape” which catches men all over the country doing great acts of service, protecting their children and strangers, offering food to the homeless, and exhibiting humor that doesn’t demean others.  I know there are more good, decent people on earth than not.  We need to be reminded of this right now.

Healing:  Most of all, I hope women who have become more aware of all the assault and trauma they have survived find even greater healing. Recovering from trauma can lead to growth and a greater connection to others.  There are many different methods of counseling and healing modalities to consider.

Each journey is individual, but I encourage every survivor to keep searching and trying different modalities until you find what benefits you the most.  Here is an interesting blog piece about healing the chakras through breath work and yoga.  Life-long patterns of fear and anxiety can be unraveled and reversed.  Many people realize that the mind, body and spirit must be healed after trauma. Here is another beautiful piece about holistic healing after sexual violence. 

Love:  Most of all, I am a big believer in loving yourself enough to heal all that has happened to you.  Matt Kahn’s basic message of love as the answer is a message that resonates with me personally as an NDEr.  Our world needs love that is stronger than all the hate we have witnessed in society.

I’ll leave you with a quote Marianne Williamson recently posted.  “At a time during which the world seems to be falling apart, the antidote to global chaos is a critical mass of people within whom the unintegrated fractals of life are finally coming together. This collective mutation, this alternative to the maladaptive behavior of our species, is appearing out of the mists even now. And from this ragamuffin, international smattering of souls groping however clumsily for enlightenment, there is emerging a forcefield of love so powerful and lasting that hatred itself will fall away in its presence. It is a light that when having attained full brightness, will shine away all darkness from the world. Our task is to assume this, stand on this, and add to this, with all our heart, with all our soul and with all our might. The light is here because it is always here, but we must be its lamps.”

 

4 thoughts on “Sexual Assault, Rape Culture, Healing from Trauma, and Anchoring Love in Our World

  1. “I hope someone starts a YouTube series titled “Men on Tape” which catches men all over the country doing great acts of service, protecting their children and strangers, offering food to the homeless, and exhibiting humor that doesn’t demean others. I know there are more good, decent people on earth than not. We need to be reminded of this right now.” – I’m copying and pasting a link for a youtube video I came across. I found it inspiring, and I hope you do too 🙂 https://youtu.be/nrCdnpc65Sc

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