Preparing and Advocating for Medical Care as a Trauma Survivor

By Lara Donachie With all the health care changes and challenges in today’s society, going to the doctor or dentist is difficult enough for the average person. With a history of childhood or adolescent sexual trauma, a medical appointment can become re-traumatizing if not handled with care by the survivor and provider. Think about it, … Continue reading Preparing and Advocating for Medical Care as a Trauma Survivor

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My Own Truth

by Lara Donachie About 19 years ago I came out as a lesbian, telling my family and friends was mostly smooth sailing except for the couple that I was afraid of disappointing. Even then I was pleasantly surprised at the love and acceptance that I received. My second "coming out" was telling everyone I am … Continue reading My Own Truth

Feeling Safe

by Lara Donachie excerpted from Parenting with PTSD: the impact of childhood abuse on parenting Having children was one of the most purposeful choices I've made in my life. I think subconsciously I thought it might provide healing from the most recent assault on my body. People questioned whether I should wait until I worked … Continue reading Feeling Safe

Your Rage is Beautiful

I was emailing with Cis White of ACEs Connection this morning and she asked how I'm doing. As a sexual abuse survivor in this time of blatant and repeated misogyny and rape culture, it's a hard time for many of us. Cis just wrote a blog post titled "Post Kavanaugh Pissed", so you can guess how … Continue reading Your Rage is Beautiful

Joyelle and Dawn on motherhood, shame and secrets

https://youtu.be/c5PzZS94aok   Dawn and Joyelle offer speaking and workshops on the following topics:   ACEs/Trauma 101 parenting after trauma trauma informed resilience building trauma informed care sexual abuse recovery body image Visit our SPEAKER PAGE for more information