You Are Not Alone
Six Weeks of Healing Conversation for Survivors
of Sexual Abuse and Assault with Rebecca Street
How does one recover from the shame and pain of sexual trauma? It is this challenging and life changing question that we will grapple with during our six week conversation. Our goal is twofold: (1) to better understand the many painful consequences of sexual trauma and (2) to discover the countless wondrous ways in which we can heal our lives.
In the autumn of 2016, I published You Can Help: A Guide for Family & Friends of Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Assault. What I learned from doing years of research and interviewing countless survivors of both childhood sexual abuse and adult sexual assault is that most of us struggle with low self esteem, battle shame, and are convinced that we have been robbed of the lives we might have otherwise had. No wonder ~ what happened to us is horrific. And yet dear fellow survivor, I truly believe we can become greater because we were made to feel lesser. This is a paradox I know, but one I have seen evidenced in the lives of many women and men. It just takes courage and commitment.
I so hope you will join in the conversation and accompany me on this journey. But regardless, please be kind to yourself, believe that healing is possible, and know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
What to Expect When You Sign Up
- You will receive an email confirmation and "Welcome" letter in your inbox right away.
- The program will begin the next Monday and continue for six weeks. A letter will arrive every morning Monday through Friday with an audio guided imagery on Saturdays.
- Every week we will tackle a different challenge together (for example, Week Two: Overcoming Shame.) Besides the daily reading, there will be helpful exercises you can do on your own time.
- At the bottom of each letter is a brief post script for family and friends who wish to participate in the recovery of a loved one.
Rebecca is a New York based TV, stage, and film actor. She is also an incest survivor, a fierce advocate for other survivors, and the author of the 2016 book, You Can Help: A Guide for Family and Friends of Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Assault. Learn more about Rebecca here.
The concept for an online conversation was developed by several literary women who read You Can Help and believed that reaching out to survivors was a natural extension of the book. I am so grateful to this remarkable team. Indeed, writing these healing letters has helped me as I continue to heal my own life.
Campbell Schnebly is a writer, editor and publishing collaborator who works independently with a brilliant and caring cast of nonfiction authors to help bring their books to life.
Mika Kasuga is a publisher at Penguin Random House. She has worked with Salman Rushdie, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, David Brooks, Dorit Rabinyan, and Bernard-Henri Levy, among others.
Ann Murphy is a venture developer at Proton Enterprises, with a focus on helping brands tell their stories.
April Lawson is an Editorial Assistant for columnists David Brooks and Ross Douthat at the New York Times. She has volunteered on the Washington DC Rape Crisis Center hotline for the last six years.