Photos from my ongoing speaking and book tour with my book, the scorched earth, continue to come in. Here is one of me taking the stage at the Andrew Carnegie Music Hall and Library in Pittsburgh for the benefit event…
I’m posting this listing of resources again in light of today’s injustice, and the many survivors who may be triggered by it, with the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court following the September 27, 2018 testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford in front of the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee, with the testimony of Judge Kavanaugh following Ford’s. I’ve just updated and expanded the International Listing of RESOURCES FOR SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE available here on my website for anyone in need of support or resources.
If you are finding yourself triggered, as so many survivors of sexual violence are in the face of this unfolding involving Dr. Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh, you may find my TOOLS FOR SURVIVORS post from January 25, 2018 helpful, as well. Sometimes being triggered means that we may need to be reminded of the tools that we can use to ground ourselves back into this moment, where we can foster a sense of safety and trust in our lives and in ourselves again.
I can tell you you this much: If you are struggling, you are not alone. I can also tell you with some small degree of certainty that you are far stronger than you may probably give yourself credit for, especially when you are feeling triggered. I can also remind you that it is OKAY to be struggling right now and struggling alone does not need to be a sign of your strength. HOW we respond to our needs and ourselves while we are struggling is where our power lies, moment by moment.
You survived. You are beautiful. You are a badass. We need you and your voice and your presence, so please take care of yourself and stay with us. I am sending so much love to all of you, to every last survivor among us who is strong and brave and resilient enough to live this moment and to choose to keep loving him or herself through it.
Please tend to yourself, and check on your people.
All peace to each one of you. Dora