Sexual abuse and rape can be the making, not the breaking of you | Lydia Ward | TEDxLeamingtonSpa
1. In order to survive, you have to choose it
2. You need to have courage, to say, “This is what happened to me”
– Opening up to someone may feel like they will overwhelm you, but the more you say it, you begin to take back control because you are not hanging on to the secret anymore
3. You need to learn it is okay to speak up and say it
4. Holding on to this secret will one day break you
5. Your weakest spot is your source of power and strength
6. When someone wants to share their story with you, the only thing you need to do is listen. You don’t need to find the right words and come up with solutions. Your greatest gift to them is to listen. What they need the most is to be able to share their story. Listening is the greatest gift.
7. All we survivors want the most in the world is to be listened too and be believed.
**Take back the power that was taken from you
My vision for my support group is to be able to one day meet up and share our stories with each other, bring each other up, support each other, and be proud of each other.
Happy to hear your thoughts on the video, and if you have any advice on how to start a sexual abuse/rape survivor support group.