When the stories of survivors are told in ways that are actually compelling in the media, it’s easy to get drawn in.
Sometimes – no matter how sensitively a survivor’s story is told – it can still be triggering.
Maybe the details of abuse, the coping strategies used or the healing journey bring up difficult memories and emotions for you.
Remember, it is always ok to decide to not watch a show, listen to a song or read a book if it makes you uncomfortable.
Be kind to yourself. As Audre Lorde – feminist writer and activist – once said “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”
SACHA’s 24 Hour Support Line is always here to listen – 905.525.4162.
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Although just a quick reminder, it is an incredibly important one. I’ll add a bit more. When you decide to step back and take that moment to care for yourself, remember that you don’t have to explain yourself to anyone. You need to care for yourself in order to be able to care for others.
If you are in the SDG or Akwesasne area and need someone to listen, you can call our 24-hour crisis and support line – 1-877-544-6424.