Book cover: Healing Sexual Trauma Workbook by Erika Shershun
MH@H Book Reviews

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… Continue reading Book Review: Healing Sexual Trauma Workbook

Book cover: Liar Liar by Laurie Katz
MH@H Book Reviews

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… Continue reading Book Review: Liar Liar

Consent infographic: consent is clear, coherent, willing, ongoing
Social Issues

Audrie & Daisy: Rape Culture Kills

I heard recently the Daisy Coleman, who was in the 2016 documentary Audrie & Daisy, had died by suicide. I had watched the film on Netflix a couple of years ago, but I thought I'd watch it again and write a post about it in honour of Daisy. Rape culture was a problem then, and… Continue reading Audrie & Daisy: Rape Culture Kills

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Trauma and PTSD

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… Continue reading The Neurobiology of Traumatic Fight/Flight/Freeze

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Insights into Psychology

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… Continue reading What Is… Victim Blaming

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Social Issues

The Survival Sex Trade

We're all familiar, at least to some extent, with the sex trade.  If nothing else, you may have seen the movie Pretty Woman. The level of desperation in the survival sex trade, though, is galaxies away from what you see in Pretty Woman. The vulnerable I used to work at a community mental health team… Continue reading The Survival Sex Trade

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Miscellaneous

What Would You Teach Your Kids About the Birds and the Bees?

This is mostly a rhetorical question for me, since I don't have kids and most likely never will, but how would you teach your kids about the birds and the bees? Would you talk to them about things like safer sex and consent? My parents never gave me a sex talk.  I first found out… Continue reading What Would You Teach Your Kids About the Birds and the Bees?

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
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… Continue reading What Is… a DARVO Response to Sexual Assault Allegations

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Social Issues

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… Continue reading Abortion & Reproductive Rights: My Body Is My Own

Consent infographic: consent is clear, coherent, willing, ongoing
Social Issues

Why Don’t More People Understand Sexual Consent?

Source: SUNO 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… Continue reading Why Don’t More People Understand Sexual Consent?