Healing after trauma

Survivors of sex- and gender-based violence and harassment can experience a wide range of emotions after an incident of harm. When we experience an unexpected or harmful event or series of events, our brains and bodies go into survival mode. As the acute danger subsides, it can be difficult to come to terms with what's happened and to move forward on a journey of healing.

In the days, months, or years after a trauma, you may feel feeling anger, sadness, joy, grief, loneliness, or some combination of these and other emotions. It is also common for some survivors to feel numb, disconnected, or emotionless. Any response to an experience of harm is normal.

Grow Together Support Group

Intake for Autumn '22 is now closed. If you are interested in being involved in Grow Together in the future, check back on this page next quarter for information on how to join!

We have limited capacity to run support groups, which means we have to make difficult decisions about how to structure support. We prioritized women and non-binary people in this support group, based on rates of harm and systems of oppression that impact access to care and healing. That said, we know there are men in our community who also deserve support while healing from violence. If you are a man, cis or trans, looking for support, please reach out to us and we will be happy to support you through one-on-one advocate services.

Other healing options

As a campus community, we are working to offer more opportunities for folks who are finding their way down a healing path. Check back here for more updates.

In the meantime, you may consider learning more about the following healing modalities; an advocate can help you think through how to access ones that feel right for you:

  • Talk therapy/counseling
  • Movement practices, such as yoga and Tai Chi
  • Meditation and mindfulness
  • Energy healing
  • Eco therapy
  • Art