Your Story Has Power, and the Power Is Yours

Sexual abuse thrives in secrecy. There is an unfair stigma attached to it that leads many survivors to stay silent. It is common for a survivor to turn this silence into shame and to take all blame for the abuse on themselves. Too often, families hide abuse, authorities seem to dismiss it, and there’s an […]

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Kintsugi: The Value of a Broken Bowl

A Japanese legend tells the story of a mighty shogun warrior who broke his favorite tea bowl and sent it away for repairs. When he received it back, the bowl was held together by unsightly metal staples. Although he could still use it, the shogun was disappointed. Still hoping to restore his beloved bowl to its former beauty, he asked a […]

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12 Ways of Giving to The Younique Foundation

Here at The Younique Foundation we are often asked: How can I help? What are ways that I can give? As a nonprofit public charity, we rely on your generosity and kindness to help us continue to provide survivors with the tools, education, and support they need to heal from child sexual abuse. What you […]

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How to Handle the Holidays as a Survivor

The twinkling lights and smell of pine. Soft scarves and warm food. Music and laughter. The hustle and bustle of the holidays can be fun and exciting. Sometimes though the holiday season can present overwhelming emotions and triggering moments. Holidays and family get-togethers can be trying for anyone, but for survivors of child sexual abuse […]

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How to Set Intentions to Support Your Goals

Guest blog post written by Parivash Goff Writing a Future Vision Statement lingered in the back of Valentina’s mind. She wanted to try it, but each time she sat down to do it, emotions bubbled up. Excitement. Anxiety. Hope. Nervousness. She had an idea of what she wanted her future to look like, but it […]

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You Said #MeToo, Now What?

The #MeToo movement in 2017 generated a worldwide discussion around the experiences of sexual harassment, assault, and abuse in our society. During the first 24 hours alone, nearly 500,000 people tweeted that they, in some form, had been the victims of sexual violence […]

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Child Sexual Abuse Stigma and How to Combat It

On your healing journey, you may come across people who react to your experiences in inappropriate or even hurtful ways. These reactions, whether intentional or not, might make you feel self-conscious, embarrassed, or discouraged. They might make you feel judged or criticized. A painful reaction when you disclose your abuse may lead to a setback […]

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How to Create and Hold Healthy Boundaries

Guest blog post written by Jessica Bradley, LMHC Over the past few years, I’ve had the great pleasure to teach and discuss various topics with trauma survivors—shame, forgiveness, sexuality, etc. After discussing different communication styles, rights, and methods in an assertive communication class, a woman in her fifties shared, “Jessica, I keep hearing this word […]

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How to Get the Most Out of Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Your body houses some of the most remarkable machinery found on our planet. Supported by over 650 muscles throughout your body, you can jump, run, read, walk, eat, react to danger, and move to the beat of your favorite song. Muscles work by receiving signals from your brain. In return, your muscles send signals back […]

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