Happy July, we are heating up this summer but I hope these blogs cool you down for the month. For the month of July we will be discussing art and healing from the trauma of sexual abuse. If you've been following me for at least a year you know on November 19th, 2016 I held the first Paint Your Truth event for sexual assault survivors. The purpose of Paint Your Truth was to encourage survivors to release their trauma through arts specifically painting. As many people may not know the arts have healing purposes from the drum that in different native cultures is used as the symbolic instrument of the heart. Certain frequencies like 528Hz and 432Hz are known to heal the body. There are people who listen to meditation music to be centered and find peace. Dance Movement Therapy came out of trauma and healing. Historic artists like Van Gogh were misunderstood and ostracized. The Harlem renaissance was embedded in triumph from trauma in an overt racist time period of the U.S. Artists like Author Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou, Novelist like James Baldwin and Poets Gil Scott Heron, singers like Billie Holiday and Nina Simone all experienced trauma but made beautiful art.
So in deciding what method to use for Paint Your Truth there was no other choice for me to help survivors of sexual assault but to go with art. All the healing power that's in expressing yourself unapologetically is what aids survivors in reclaiming their healing power. Therapy isn't for everyone. Some people have a hard time vocalizing their experiences or confining to someone. Sometimes people can paint their feelings, write their feelings, play instruments or sing about their feelings and that's just as good as traditional therapy.
As with our DNA everyone is unique and this is even true with how we process trauma. Some people can process trauma within a few weeks to a couple months other people take years to fully grasp what happened to them and how it had affected them. This is why having a securely rooted support system is important because no matter how long it takes a person to overcome trauma they are there to help the survivor in any way shape or form and no matter how long it takes. Having this support system actually encourages survivors to seek healing quicker which aids in the healing process to happen faster.
Healing isn't a race or has a time frame. Again, everyone is different and processes trauma differently. There's something called flashbacks (thoughts that pop up of the abuse) and triggers (any of the five senses that can be used to bring up feelings or moments from the abuse) that may occur even years after being healed. These reactions to trauma are all normal and okay because trauma affects you. Trauma shapes you. But trauma doesn't define you.
Since I'm not a licensed therapist but I do provide coaching and support (through the VIEISME website under the contact tab) the other ways I wanted survivors around the Boston area to know help is reachable is by Paint Your Truth. If therapy isn't their choice of healing but picking up a paint brush and letting their soul take over is than Paint Your Truth is where they needed to be at. The event went extremely well and I documented how the attendees felt. Click HERE to read the link or Paint Your Truth. I plan on continuing this annual survivors event. Same place, Hyde Park Library in Hyde Park, MA. Same date November 19th. Same time from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. With the same tradition of survivors of sexual assault painting their truth.
On this platform we speak about sexual assault, mental health and healing. If at any other time you felt isolated and thought you couldn't speak about your truth know that here is that platform to Speak Up. Speak Out. Speak Truth. If you need to speak to someone who knows sexual violence and mental health disorders contact me for a private one on one conversation with me. I answer questions, give advise and provide coaching. Want to get started now? Click the picture above or HERE.
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