Sexual abuse, especially of children, strikes a chord in our hearts, activates our protective instincts, offends our sense of dignity as human beings, and makes us wonder how we could have prevented such atrocities. The emotions swirl and escalate. Too many times we've heard about people in power using sexual acts to dominate and degrade others.
In the wake of the Penn State sexual abuse scandal, it seems an apt time to share this video of Somatic Experiencing founder, Peter A. Levine, PhD speaking on sexual abuse and how SE® can aid in victims' recovery to fullness:
In this video, Peter addresses what victims of sexual abuse may have experienced and speaks to how important it is to not only relieve the symptoms of the trauma, but to move through and release the physiological sensations that block an individual's ability to connect with himself or herself … or with others in a satisfying, intimate relationship.
Peter also emphasizes the importance of restoring self-compassion and empowerment. Here's hoping this dispatch adds a layer of hope and healing to those traumatized by sexual abuse.
Author Laura Piché has been an employee for the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute™ for over four years and currently serves as the media project manager. Laura has completed the beginning and intermediate levels of the SE training and is the co-coordinator of the 2011 Denver SE training. She is currently working on her master's degree in counseling psychology from Regis University.
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