Sexual Assault

Mental Health @ Home book review: The Healing Sexual Trauma Workbook

Book Review: Healing Sexual Trauma Workbook

The Healing Sexual Trauma Workbook by Erika Shershun draws on somatic psychotherapy to help survivors of sexual assault/abuse work through their trauma and find healing. The author herself is a sexual assault survivor. The book isn’t specifically oriented towards either isolated traumatic incidents or complex trauma, but seems like it could speak to both. It’s …

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MH@H book review: Liar Liar

Book Review: Liar Liar

Liar Liar by Laurie Katz tells her story of being raped in her first year of college, and the school’s (mis)handling of the matter. It’s part of the Inspirational series by Trigger Publishing, a mental health publisher. The book opens with the night she was raped. Afterwards, contrary to society’s expectations that someone go to …

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The Neurobiology of Traumatic Fight/Flight/Freeze

A few years ago I was thinking about applying for a nursing job with a sexual assault support team, so I decided to learn more about the body’s biological fight/flight/freeze response to trauma. What I found out was really interesting, so I thought I’d share. The amygdala’s response The amygdala is a primitive part of the …

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What Is… Victim Blaming

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is victim blaming. I got thinking about this while reading a recent post on domestic violence on Mental Health 360º. Victim blaming commonly occurs in connection with domestic assault, but also in a variety of other contexts, including …

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What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)

What Is… a DARVO Response to Sexual Assault Allegations

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is the DARVO response to sexual assault allegations. DARVO is an acronym to describe a pattern of responses that sexual offenders may display when faced with accountability for their actions. Before getting into what DARVO stands for, I’ll …

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Abortion & Reproductive Rights: My Body Is My Own

As U.S. states like Alabama, Kentucky, and Georgia are passing laws restricting abortion and gearing up to challenge the Roe v. Wade decision in the U.S. Supreme Court, I look on from north of the border with dismay and disgust. I wouldn’t want to live in a country where limited reproductive rights could mean that …

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Why Don’t More People Understand Sexual Consent?

When it comes to sexual interactions, it seems like the notion of consent should be pretty simple. Yes means yes, no means no, easy peasy, right? Except obviously, it’s not that simple for a disturbingly large number of people. That begs the question, how have we gotten it so wrong as a society that this …

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