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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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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 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...
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Understanding the Signs of PTSD

Understanding the Signs of PTSD

When Alex’s girlfriend Jill got in a car accident last fall, their world turned upside down. After spending weeks in the hospital, Jill had to go through 5 months of daily physical therapy in order to be able to walk with ease. She was unable to work, and Alex used every spare moment outside of the office to run errands, prepare meals, and spend time with Jill. For a few months, life was difficult, but as Jill’s health improved and she was able to start work again, things settled back into a seemingly normal routine. Dynamics, however, had shifted. Jill’s temperament was...
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A Paramedic, Denied His Benefits

A Paramedic, Denied His Benefits

First responders seldom got the glory – but that never bothered Peter. He became a paramedic because he wanted to help people, not because he wanted the attention. Peter saved people’s lives. He might not be a doctor or a nurse, but he was proud of the work he did as a crucial member of the medical system. He never expected the personal cost to be so high. As the first person at the scene of an accident, Peter would often arrive to discover that there was nothing left to be done. The natural world can be careless and cruel. Over the course of ten years, he’d seen...
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Identifying the Signs of Trauma

Identifying the Signs of Trauma

Content Warning: This article deals with sensitive subject matter around the topic of sexual abuse.   When someone you know has suffered from trauma, it can be hard to see the signs. All experiences are different, and the way people react to difficult events comes in many forms. There are, however, some common signs of trauma and abuse that we can all be aware of. Just as we are taught to notice the symptoms of an allergic reaction or broken bones, becoming more aware of abuse indicators can lead to earlier intervention and have a huge impact on those around us who...