Free Online Resources for Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse Launched
Free Online Resources for Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse Launched Today
Oct. 21, 2021— After 14 months in the making, and 72,000 words later, The Younique Foundation launched an in-depth series of new online healing resources today free for survivors of child sexual abuse.
The resources, which can be accessed for free at youniquefoundation.org, were conceptualized by the Foundation’s Education Team beginning in August 2020. “We wanted our online resources to align with our retreat materials and reinforce what survivors had learned at retreat,” said Kolene Anderson, Education Manager for The Younique Foundation.
“We knew it was important to provide a clear learning path, whether survivors had attended our retreat or not,” Anderson said. “These resources meet survivors wherever they are in their healing journey.”
Anderson emphasized that the resources are all research-based and have gone through an in-depth review by the Foundation’s clinical staff and Chief Program Officer Betsy Kanarowski.
The new online resources provide valuable education on the effects of abuse, ways in which those effects commonly manifest in the lives of adult survivors, and offer practical tools and strategies they can use to reduce or manage them. One important feature of these resources is the detailed information they include on the most common symptoms survivors experience, and explanations of why those symptoms are linked to child sexual abuse. These symptoms include: challenges with sleep, depression, triggers, panic attacks, anxiety, chronic physical pain, difficulties in relationships, intrusive flashbacks, struggles with the body, addiction, unhealthy behaviors, sexual intimacy issues, communication issues, dissociation, loneliness, and emotional numbness.
In addition to covering common symptoms, the new resources explains how child sexual abuse can have significant long-term impacts on a survivor’s life — specifically with regards to how trauma affects the brain and the body, and how feelings of shame can shape a survivor’s personal narrative.
Each resource directly points readers to a wide variety of tools and strategies to help survivors manage or reduce the effects of their trauma, she said. These healing practices include: self-compassion, grounding techniques, building a support network, paced breathing, physical movement, progressive muscle relaxation, practicing boundaries, being mindful of one’s emotions, guided meditation, assertive communication, increased sleep hygiene, sexual health, yoga, Muay Thai, creative expression, developing aspirational thinking, creating intentional behaviors, navigating relationships, crisis management, challenging cognitive distortions, nutrition, and more.
“All the resources are based on fundamental principles presenting in ongoing trauma research. They help a survivor understand that what they are going through is similar to what many others are experiencing,” Anderson said. “Each resource makes a clear connection between the impact of trauma on day-to-day life and how survivors can manage those impacts. Our objective in all our content is to inspire survivors that healing is possible through education, self-compassion, and action. We have drawn upon both researched best practices, and feedback from the many survivors we have worked with over the years.”
Survivors are invited to explore the website often as they will find new insights and make new connections relating to their personal healing journey each time they revisit.
The resources can be found on The Younique Foundation website here.