Redefining Sex Trafficking

Redefining Sex Trafficking While I was getting my blood drawn, a friend was listening to the testimony I gave on behalf of Senate Bill 13, the Protect Trafficked Minors Act. The kind technician drawing my blood suddenly asked, “Oh my gosh, that happened to you?”. She was asking me if I had been trafficked. IContinue reading “Redefining Sex Trafficking”

Trauma is a Serious Physical and Mental Health Crisis

Video Credit:Ted Talk Trauma is a Health Crisis This video alongside research and evidence, supports severe trauma is not a rarity, but an epidemic affecting the physical and mental health of many. So, society needs to start treating it as such. What if trauma was addressed as part of health care? What if trauma wasContinue reading “Trauma is a Serious Physical and Mental Health Crisis”

Evaluating Beliefs Left By Trauma

Evaluating Beliefs Left By Trauma Trauma Can Leave Survivors with False Beliefs Trauma often leaves survivors with false and damaging beliefs about themselves, others, and the world around them. Why is this important? Our beliefs affect our thoughts and our thoughts dictate our actions. Negative beliefs can ultimately lead us to make choices that hurtContinue reading “Evaluating Beliefs Left By Trauma”

Fighting Against a Set of Broken Systems

More than a decade ago, two of my younger cousins had a case through Child Protective Services. They were seen at a child advocacy center where physical evidence indicated they had been sexually abused. Later, they drew a picture of an adult lying on top of them, of rape. They also drew pictures of havingContinue reading “Fighting Against a Set of Broken Systems”

5 Reasons There Is a Pertinent Need for Trauma Specific Services

Why Do We Need Trauma Specific Services? 1. Trauma Has Long Lasting Effects Many people hold the misconception that trauma ends when the traumatic event is over. However, trauma has long lasting effects, especially when someone doesn’t receive trauma specific services. Trauma can lead to addiction, mental illness, physical health issues, problems maintaining relationships, cognitiveContinue reading “5 Reasons There Is a Pertinent Need for Trauma Specific Services”

Chrystul Kizer’s Story

Photo credit: Facebook “It’s easy to judge someone when we don’t understand, but if we had to walk in their shoes we have no idea where we’d end up”. I read this story and my heart sank into my stomach. If you don’t know Chyrstul Kizer’s story, here is a recap. The nineteen year oldContinue reading “Chrystul Kizer’s Story”

What Can We Do When We Are Triggered?

As trauma survivors, our trauma impacts us long after the actual events take place. The trauma we endured is remembered by not only our mind, but our body as well. We often experience triggers as a symptom of our trauma. What is a trigger? A trigger is something that reminds us of our traumatic experiencesContinue reading “What Can We Do When We Are Triggered?”

Healing Exercise: Throw it Away, Literally

As trauma survivors, we often carry around negative feelings that are associated with our trauma. Shame, guilt, anger, hatred, sadness, and other feelings can attach themselves to our hearts when we suffer traumatic experiences. This year, I attended a healing vigil hosted by a chapter of the Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice. After listeningContinue reading “Healing Exercise: Throw it Away, Literally”