Making Sense of Senselessness
Sexual abuse is traumatic not only because of what happened, nor just because of how its affects linger. Sexual abuse is also traumatic because it is hard to make sense of it. When meaning is made of sexual abuse, rarely is it done in ways that promote resiliency and feeling hopeful about the future. At least not initially.
Practice Living Within Your Window of Tolerance
Last week I shared how flashbacks eventually led me to seek trauma-focused psychotherapy and formally begin my recovery from sexual abuse. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the first time I had been overwhelmed by memories from my past.
Introduction to a Year of Recovery
Devoting yourself to recovery from sexual abuse is a rare and precious thing to do. Since the beginning of civilization, sexual abuse most often has led to revictimization rather than recovery. Victims have been abandoned, expected to marry their perpetrators, forced into sex work, gang raped, and even stoned to death. In some parts of the world, these are still common reactions to sexual abuse, especially rape.