Erika W. is a weight and wellness coach and a very recent sexual abuse survivor. She shares her story on film for the first time. It just so turns out that this is Torah’s very first time to release her story on film, too, so we are seeing a dual debut. PLEASE watch Part 2 (a special release tomorrow) for Erika and Torah's commentary and follow-up to this first conversation. They both have some very important feedback on this first part in Part 2.
TRIGGER WARNING: This episode goes into more detail than previous episodes about a survivor's sexual assault. We are seeing the initial aftermath of sexual assault from its very beginning and documenting what a survivor feels and goes through over time as they process what has happened to them. Part 2 ends on a very hopeful, positive note. If you feel that Part 1 might be too triggering for you, please watch Part 2. It will help you as a survivor or empathizer.
We will continue checking in with Erika throughout this season to document her journey. This is a very rare opportunity to see what a survivor goes through from the very beginning––the immediate aftermath of assault––and how the process plays out over time. We hope that you continue to come back and refer to this story, as well as all our other survivors’ stories, as an educational resource and to help spread awareness about the facts of our assault impacts us.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). In solidarity with #SAAM, we have placed their teal ribbon on this month’s episodes. Teal is the official color of SAAM. The teal ribbon is the symbol of sexual violence prevention. Please read the episode synopsis for more information about #SAAM and how you can help and/or be helped as a survivor.
IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:
Sexual Assault Awareness Month (for info about SAAM, sexual assault on college campuses, and their work. The NSVRC/SAAM team is available for interviews and is a resource for reporting on sexual violence): www.nsvrc.org/saam/about; 877-739-3895; firstname.lastname@example.org. Call/email for help. Grief Recovery Method (for physical and emotional losses, to find grief support groups and for a free ebook for info on the various kinds of grief): www.griefrecoverymethod.com RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network): www.rainn.org; 800-656-HOPE; live chat. Get help 24/7. Free and confidential. Call/chat if you’ve been violated. The Journey (for emotional healing and life transformation): www.thejourney.com Hold Me Right (a beautiful documentary about the aftermath of sexual assault; check out the trailer): www.holdmerightfilm.com See S1Ep17: Brian Young on How Education Provided Him an Escape from Suicide and the Shocking High Rates of Suicide and Depression Among Native Americans for a message of hope See S1Ep14: Jeselle Hadley-Bacon on How Sexual Assault Is Handled By the Church: An Amish Bishop Ben Girod Accuses Her of Seducing Her Stepfather and “Fornicating” and “Committing Adultery with a Married Man” for an Amish convert’s disclosure on what goes on inside the Amish church
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