Bolivar teenager shares victim story of sexual assault
The teen who survived Monte Gann’s sexual attacks, Ryan Briggs, said he never heard from Bolivar police. He is hoping to protect other child sex survivors and plans to work with Bolivar R-1 Schools to host an mandatory reporting training session for educators in January.
Childhood Trauma Leads to Brains Wired for Fear
Chronic or traumatic fear in childhood causes permanent changes in the structure of a child’s brain, and this causes long-term problems in adulthood
I Am A Rape Survivor And I’m Not Staying Quiet
It seems almost weekly that I see claims that accusations of sexual assault ruin men’s careers and futures. We don’t give the same concern to survivors – but many of us have been pushed out of careers due to sexual harassment or assault. I think the long-term impact of these events and situations are frequently overlooked. We’re expected to have “moved on” and are made to feel bad when three years later we are still having panic attacks and flashbacks, like it’s something we should have just dealt with by now, like it’s something you can ever forget.
Survivors surviving the holidays
The holidays are predictably a rough time of year for survivors, and often their families and friends inadvertently make it worse. A little bit of understanding can make the holidays happier and healthier for everyone.
It’s OK to be Not-OK
Bad things happen to us that keep our lives from being what we think they should be. But if we can accept that it’s OK for our lives to be imperfect or go in unforeseen places, it’s much easier to move forward.
Sexual assault survivors struggle to cope with Trump election
Many scandals surrounded Donald Trump’s presidential bid, and these were sometimes stressful and triggering for sexual assault survivors. Now that he got elected, the stress and triggers haven’t diminished. Here are some tips for coping with them.
Life after child sex abuse difficult, but survivable
Survivors and experts talk about successful life as adults life after child sexual abuse.
Stages of Grief: What Happens for Sexual Abuse Victims?
Child sexual abuse causes its survivors to go through stages of grief, similar to the loss of a loved one. And just like the grief that comes from death, the grief that comes from child sexual abuse need not be permanent.