Embracing Pleasure: Reclaiming Our Bodies After Child Sexual Abuse
Monday, November 22 at 7pm ET/4pm PT on Zoom
In this conversation, we explored the relationship between incest and child sexual abuse and attitudes about sex and sexuality, ability to experience sexual pleasure, and partner intimacy. These elements are often made complicated by our damaging sexual abuse experiences, but with healing and continuous work can be regained and celebrated. Ignacio G Rivera and Aredvi Azad from The HEAL Project share with Incest AWARE their perspectives on the interplay between past trauma and sexuality and their organization’s work to cultivate sex positivity and survivor sexual healing.
Navigating Family Relationships After Incest Abuse
Tuesday, November 9 at 7pm ET/4pm PT on Zoom
This talk explored how navigating family relationships after incest abuse is a deeply difficult and personalized journey. There is no right or wrong way to do it. Laura Davis, the author of six groundbreaking books including, The Courage to Heal: For Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, understands this all too well. She chose to reconcile with her family, while also interviewing countless other survivors on different ways to relate to family after incest abuse. In this interview, Laura and Incest AWARE founder, Suzanne Izasa, discuss family relationships, boundaries, and reconciliation after incest as explored in Laura's new memoir due to publish in October called, The Burning Light of Two-Stars: A Mother-Daughter Journey.
In this interview, Pat Ogden, psychotherapist and renowned leader in studying and treating trauma, explored with Incest AWARE how child sexual abuse and other forms of trauma can impact us physically and lead to chronic pain later in life, as well as strategies for working through the body to resolve past trauma. This discussion was geared towards practitioners working with trauma survivors, incest survivors coping with pain and other physical impacts, and those looking to gain a better understanding of the link between the body and psychological issues.
Pat Ogden, PhD, (she/her), is a pioneer in somatic psychology, the creator of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy method, and founder of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute (sensorimotor.org).
In this session, Incest AWARE spoke with therapist and sibling sexual abuse expert Brad Watts.
The author of "Sibling Sexual Abuse: A Guide for Confronting America's Silent Epidemic" and a therapist providing treatment to youth who sexually assault, Brad provided his perspectives on one of the most hidden and misunderstood forms of incest.
In this session designed for survivor-speakers, providers, and violence prevention educators, prevention expert Feather Berkower shared the basics of teaching incest prevention and her advice for integrating simple yet crucial prevention concepts into our talks and trainings. As a longtime educator in the field, Feather gave tips on how survivor-advocates and trainers can - and should - begin to incorporate content into their public education efforts.
Feather Berkower has been a leader in child sexual abuse prevention since 1985 and has educated nearly 150,000 schoolchildren, parents and youth professionals. Her well-regarded workshop, Parenting Safe Children, empowers adults to keep children safe from sexual assault.
Incest AWARE OutSPOKEN Discussion Series June 16: Pennie Saum
Pennie survived over 18 years of incest at the hands of her military officer father. After many years of trying, Pennie was able to unleash her voice and break the silence of the abuse. Pennie shared through this interview her story of trauma, recovery and triumph culminating in federal legislative changes, development of a non-profit and a TED Talk. Pennie offered tips and strategies she learned for gaining the confidence and skills to become an effective advocate.
Pennie Saum is an author, speaker, advocate, law changer, and voice seeker who has dedicated her life to help victims unleash their voice and move through trauma and grief.