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How to Help a Friend Who Has Been Sexually Assaulted

How to Help a Friend Who Has Been Sexually Assaulted

Content Warning: This article deals with sensitive subject matter around the topic of sexual abuse.   When you have a loved one who has experienced sexual assault, knowing how to be an effective friend and ally can be hard to navigate. Their experience is deeply personal and traumatic. While in many cases it can be difficult to relate, there are concrete ways to help. When a friend of Ilona’s experienced a trauma, Ilona felt helpless. In such a terrible circumstance, how would she be able to understand what her friend needed? Should she reach out, or give her space?...
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Living with PTSD in Canada

Living with PTSD in Canada

Content Warning: This article deals with sensitive subject matter around the topic of sexual abuse.   When a person experiences trauma, the consequences can live on far past the experience itself. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) affect a huge population of our society. To understand it and its implications, we must ask: what exactly is PTSD? What are its causes and symptoms? How can we take notice of those who are suffering, and try to help? The Mayo Clinic defines PTSD as “a mental health condition...
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4 Benefits of a Support Dog for PTSD

4 Benefits of a Support Dog for PTSD

Overcoming trauma is never a simple task. The process often takes years, and while medication and therapy can help, there simply are no guarantees when it comes to mental health. That’s especially true for those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. People who have faced abuse or trauma in the past need a safe, comfortable environment in order to recover and a support dog can be an important part of that healing process. A support animal provides a calming presence that alleviates many of the worst symptoms of PTSD, and though it is not a cure, having a faithful companion...
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The Significance of Male Trauma

The Significance of Male Trauma

Content Warning: This article deals with sensitive subject matter around the topic of sexual abuse.   Over the last year and a half, news surrounding sexual assault and men of power has been featured in headlines worldwide. What started as a series of allegations against media mogul Harvey Weinstein led to an avalanche of information exposing the underbelly of sexual coercion across industries. Hundreds of women came forward to tell their brave stories. Within this tumultuous time, a few courageous men made headlines by telling their truths as well. In October 2017,...
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The Men of Hollywood – life in a post-Weinstein world, and why these men shouldn’t get a comeback (Louis CK)

The Men of Hollywood – life in a post-Weinstein world, and why these men sh...

Content Warning: This article deals with sensitive subject matter around the topic of sexual abuse and sexual assault.   The last two years have shaken Hollywood – and the world – in unprecedented ways. In October 2017 the allegations began. Tens of women came out of the woodwork, calling out Harvey Weinstein on his years of sexual misconduct, assault, and abuse of power. The stories took the world by storm, and as one brave woman after another came forward, the gender struggles and dynamics that had been silenced or kept behind closed doors became more...