5 Everyday Activities You Didn’t Know Were Grounding Techniques

Guest blog post written by Sarah Burton, LMHC Did you know there are things you do all the time that can be used as a way to ground yourself? These grounding techniques are generally something you already do (or can do) every day. The goals of grounding are to stay present in the moment, decrease […]

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The Risk of Suicide for Sexual Abuse Survivors

It feels like every day in the news there is a story about suicide. Whether it is a famous person, a high school student, or a baby boomer, their loss is felt. According to the CDC, since 1999 the suicide rate in the United States has risen by more than 30 percent in half of […]

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The Challenge of Disclosing Your Abuse

Imagine that you’re wearing an invisible backpack filled with heavy rocks. No matter what activity you’re doing—whether you’re shopping at the grocery store, picking up your child from school, or going out on a romantic date—you’re wearing that invisible backpack. It’s always on your mind, and it’s always sapping your energy. Often people around you […]

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5 Truths about Sexual Abuse and Disabilities You need to Know

As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, you can feel like you aren’t always noticed or seen. As a survivor with disabilities, you may feel absolutely invisible. Here at The Younique Foundation, WE SEE YOU. Too often survivors with disabilities are overlooked and under-represented. Below are 5 truths you should know, whether you are a […]

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Emotional Pain: From the Prisoner to the Powerful

Susan is a three-year-old who feels no pain. Stubbed toes bring no tears, and hot stoves bring no fear. Because of a condition called congenital insensitivity to pain, Susan is completely incapable of feeling any physical pain and seems almost unstoppable.1 Except, Susan is not likely to live to see her 5th birthday. Because she […]

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The Surprising Truth About Happiness

“When I stop getting triggered by memories of my abuse, I’ll be happy.” “When I can stop thinking about the past, I’ll be happy.” “If I can just hang on until next year, I’ll be happy.” Have you ever had thoughts like these? Sexual abuse survivors sometimes focus on the past and the future at […]

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Do You Have Healthy Sexual Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence?

You’ve heard of self-esteem and self-confidence before, of course, but have you heard of sexual self-esteem? It’s an aspect of your self-confidence that’s important to consider, especially as a survivor of child sexual abuse. First, a definition. The Harvey Institute1 defines sexual self-esteem as positive regard for and confidence in the capacity to experience one’s […]

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What Are Somatic Responses and Why Do They Matter?

Leslie* experienced deep anger about being sexually abused  She was angry about what had happened to her and her inability to fight her abuser. Ironically, Leslie’s anger was buried so deep that her feelings were subconscious. Rather than feeling outwardly angry about what had happened to her, she had trouble sleeping at night. Until Leslie […]

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