Affirming women’s ability to heal and restrengthen after rape
Rape is a violation and so often leaves the victim feeling like the guilty party, even though they never were. There are no positive words to describe how someone feels after rape but there are steps that can be to start feeling stronger and that you can overcome the horrid affect of rape.
Websites Offering Support:
Women and Girls Network (WGN)
is a free, women-only service that supports women in London who have experienced violence, or are at risk of violence.
They offer counselling, advocacy and advice with an overall aim to promote, preserve and restore the mental health and well-being of women and girls, empowering them to make a total and sustainable recovery from their experiences of violence.
has 130 member organisations based in the UK & Ireland which provide specialist support for women, men & children who have survived rape, sexual violence or rape or other sexual abuse as children. These organisations are listed in the link below by location.
has information on how to get help if you’ve experienced rape, child sexual abuse and/or any kind of sexual violence, and details of your nearest Rape Crisis services; information for friends, partners, family and other people supporting a sexual violence survivor.
What Doesn’t Kill Us: A guide to overcoming adversity and moving forward
People confronted by tragedy, horror and adversity emerge as wiser, more mature and more fulfilled people. Research shows that this number is somewhere between 30-90% of people. Relationships become stronger. Perspectives on life change. Inner strengths are found. Even if sadness persists, trauma and tragedy can make us stronger.
Stephen Joseph has a long history of experience working with survivors of trauma and sufferers of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Stephen challenges the concept that trauma and its aftermath – often labeled as PTSD – devastate and destroy the lives. His studies have shown that a wide range of traumatic events – from separation, bereavement, illness and assault to natural disasters, accidents and terrorism – can act as catalysts for changing one’s perspective, positive change, strengthening relationships and revealing inner strengths.
This book looks at a six step process that we can all use to manage our emotions and navigate adversity to find new meaning, purpose and direction in our lives.
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