Self-Protection Includes Communication
Even When It is Difficult

Sarah Beaulieu is a Boston-based writer, speaker and advocate who has spent the last several years interviewing men and women about sexual violence.  We found her TED Talk the other day and loved the message she is sharing.

In a world where 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men have been sexually assaulted, society is looking for a way to stop the violence.  It starts with being willing to have an uncomfortable conversation.  When we can talk about it, we can find a way to heal it.

In her TED Talk, Sarah shares five lessons she has learned in order to transform judgmental conversations about sexual violence into conversations that promote healing and change. If we can learn how to speak about sexual violence without blame, maybe we can find a way to help survivors heal and transform their shame into strength.

The video below gives practical information on how we can talk with survivors and provide a path to healing.  Sexual violence is a difficult subject.  Are you willing to be uncomfortable in order to help others heal?

Self-protection includes healing.  We have to find a way to stand up and say, “I am worth the fight!”

With respect and love,

Cranford and Penny Blackmon

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