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Category: Sexual Assault

Speaking to the Survivor: Why People Abuse, Types of Abuse, and Safely Leaving

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The image of domestic violence is often painted as a woman clad with bruises; an image that depicts the physical pain her partner put her through. Visuals of women with black eyes and black and blue limbs are jarring and mostly empathized with more than hidden forms of abuse. Physical violence is a horrifying, real experience that many women and men unfortunately experience, but what happens when the abuse one is experiencing is not visible? How do you visually demonstrate the pain someone goes though when their partner is constantly lying and gaslighting them? How do you visibly showcase the post traumatic stress someone can experience when they endure prolonged verbal abuse, name calling, put downs, and character assassinations? October…

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September is Sexual Health Awareness Month

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There are a plethora of ways in which we are told to help maintain positive physical, mental, and emotional health. The one area of our health that is less frequently discussed, but equally important is our sexual health. As a culture, we see sexuality broadcasted across multi-media platforms in our everyday lives, but practicing a healthy sex life involves more than simply having an active sex life. The National Coalition for Sexual Health defines being sexually healthy as having a safe, satisfying sexual life, positive relationships, and peace of mind. Sexual health also means enjoying one’s sexuality and taking care of oneself and partner as well as feeling empowered and safe to talk about sexual health with your partner and…

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Who’s to Blame?

By Kayla Tricaso
Office Manager
Triune Therapy Group

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The victim, the perpetrator, or the peanut gallery? The following is an account of several stories and experiences and does not reflect one individual’s experience. Names have been changed for anonymity. Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault/Rape “You have to stay off Facebook.” That sentence had become a daily mantra for Sarah. As much as she wanted to receive updates on which of her high school friends were getting engaged or having children, lately, stepping into Facebook, or really any social media platform, is emotionally exhausting. I’m not talking about seeing your friends and family’s posts about politics, although that’s exhausting on a different level. I’m talking about the uncomfortable, and oftentimes hurtful discourse around sexual assault. When the avalanche of stories…

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Reconnecting With The Body After Trauma

By Lauren Dummit, LMFT, CSAT,
Co-Founder & Clinical Director,
Triune Therapy Group

Reconnecting with the body after trauma. Trauma-sensitive yoga Los Angeles, CA.

It seems as if every week there are stories and headlines breaking the news of abuses of power at the hands of rich, famous, and powerful men. From R. Kelly to Bill Cosby, and more recently Harvey Weinstein, there is clearly a monumental amount of sexual predation taking place in the world. When allegations regarding this type of abuse come to light in Hollywood it’s followed by an avalanche of media coverage and public outcry as to how and why this abuse is able to happen. Although news around sexual assault in Hollywood garners more media attention, sexual assault is a violent epidemic that affects every type of women and men. Sexual assault and rape are traumatic experiences that affect…

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