International
Women's
Day

8th March 2023

There’s something about how we talk about our experiences, or don’t talk about our experiences, there’s something about secrecy and silence, the suppression of the narrative, which leaves people with emotionally charged fragments of memory that are hard to process


But the problem lies not only in talking – but also in listening, and society’s willingness to engage with someone who’s breaking the silence.


To process difficult and traumatic experiences, it is essential to find the words and the courage to speak out. But also to be met with something other than silence. Because silence can invalidate; it can result in assumptions about negative judgment; it can confirm what we already believe about ourselves – that we are mad or bad or to blame in some way.


For International Women’s Day this year, we have put together a collection of personal accounts by women who have found both the words and the courage to speak out about a number of traumatic life experiences. Women who we have worked with in therapy, as experts and as colleagues; women we have engaged with and tried, as best we can, to recognise the strength and bravery in their stories, to validate and fully listen to the stories they’ve told.


Click on the links below to open

COERCIVE CONTROL

The Power of Glasses

Dancing in the Dark


CHILDHOOD ABUSE

The House I Called Home

I will be free – Carol Prior’s Song
Here’s a link to Carol Prior’s album: Spirit of the Wind

My Story: a poem


DISCLOSURE AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

Child sexual abuse and navigating the criminal justice system

Reporting rape and the criminal justice system


RAPE, SEXUAL ASSAULT & FEAR

Making Sense of Fear – video

Here is a link to our client’s blog:
following the understanding and recovery from PTSD related sexual assault and rape.


BEING CONCEIVED BY RAPE

Daisy’s Law: One woman’s fight to send her rapist father to jail – interview

This beautiful artwork has been shared by one of our therapy clients. You can read about her experience of therapy here.


MISCARRIAGE

Moon River


RECURRENT MISCARRIAGE, ADOPTION & MOTHERHOOD

Renew, Reflect, Connect


ROCHDALE GROOMING GANG

Amber’s Story

More stories and support for survivors of childhood abuse and exploitation can be found on the Maggie Oliver Foundation Website:

Maggie Oliver Foundation – Survivor Stories