At 17, I was sexually abused by a mentor figure for nearly a year. I froze, unable to face what had happened to me for months until days after my 18th birthday. Two weeks after finally telling someone, my stomach literally exploded, I was in a coma for months, and almost died. After 27 surgeries, organ failure, six years unable to eat or drink, and the PTSD from ten years of trauma, I was only able to heal once I discovered authentic ways to experience my memories and emotions, reclaim my voice, and share my story, ultimately transforming my traumas into a beautiful detour. (Read full bio here.)
- 1 in 9 college students are sexually assaulted while enrolled in school, including 1 in 4 women
- Half of all students are sexually harassed while enrolled in school
- Less than 28% of sexual misconduct on campus ever gets reported
Sexual misconduct (harassment and sexual assault) is a significant problem on college campuses. Undergraduate students find themselves with newfound freedom, as young adults, but often don’t understand the responsibilities and hazards that come with that freedom. During their undergraduate years, many will be victims or perpetrators of sexual misconduct and many may not even recognize it when it happens.
Sexual misconduct is everyone’s problem, and all students of all genders need to be aware of the signs and effects, as well as strategies to prevent it from happening and to cope and recover when it does happen.
Gutless & Grateful will cover:
- Increasing awareness of sexual misconduct on campus
- Dispelling myths
- Understanding the role of bystanders
- Building a support system
- Learn about a supportive attitude and how to help a friend
- Campus resources and programs for support
- Developing coping skills
- Building leadership skills
- Healing from numbness
- Key Themes Explained
Participants will come away with:
- A broader understanding of the issues
- Greater empathy and a supportive attitude toward victims
- Tools for coping with situations, as they arise
- Knowing how to use their voice and share their story
- Awareness of campus resources
See amy’s work with students here
It’s Okay to Freeze: Healing from Sexual Assault (Huffington Post)
Healing From Numbness (Sammiches & Psych Meds)
From Frozen To Free (Dropping Keys)
To the man who molested me when I turned 17 (Role Reboot)
Five Ways Everyone Can Participate in Sexual Assault Awareness Month (Huffington Post)
What to Say (and Not to Say) to a Survivor of Sexual Assault (Huffington Post)
Discovering “The Courage To Heal” (Original Monologue) (The Writing Life)
Why I Didn’t Testify Against the Man Who Abused Me Before My Coma (Huffington Post)
PTSD: The Illness I Couldn’t See (Huffington Post)
Until I was able to tell my story, at first for myself, and ultimately, to others, I was not able to fully heal.
The day I reached out, I found connection, acceptance, forgiveness, and my self. And I love who I found.
Watch my TEDx Talk here.
Remember: You don’t know what you’re capable of until you’re tested. So when that test does come your way, trust that you are capable.
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- Learn six ways staff can fight sexual abuse on campus here.
- Helpful tips for students to prevent sexual assault here.
- See references for the program.
- Learn more about Amy’s speaking.
- Learn more about Amy’s programs for PTSD warriors and their supporters at www.amyoes.com/trauma