Reblog: The Freeze Response: How a Warrior Handles the Trauma of Sexual Assault – By Amy Oestreicher

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When I speak at colleges about my own story of sexual abuse, I never forget how difficult it was for me to even speak the words,

“I was sexually abused.”

It took me an even longer time to believe it, or to understand it could happen to me. And what took so much longer than I ever could have predicted was to believe that I was sexually abused…and it wasn’t my fault.

Many survivors “know” that being sexually assaulted was not their fault. Now, I’m one of them. But the question I’ve worked to answer after a decade of “healing” and “processing” what happened to me is, “Well, then why didn’t I do something?”

I had heard this dozens and dozens of times — in my own head and with students who have opened up to me during my programs. Many victims of abuse, molestation and domestic violence often…

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