You, Me, Empathy - Episode 21: Sexual Assault and Reclaiming Our Sense of Power with Christina Isler

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TRIGGER WARNING: This episode has explicit depictions of sexual assault and chronic abuse.

On Episode 21 of You, Me, Empathy, Christina Isler courageously shares her experience as an ongoing victim of sexual assault during her childhood. We explore confronting abusers, the shame sexual assault victims experience, and reclaiming your sense of power.

We also discuss Christina's experience opening up to her mother about her sexual assault, the danger of not talking about it, the disassociation and guilt that can be associated with rape victims, how those horrific experiences can impact relationships and self worth, and, some ways Christina has worked on (and continues to work on) healing, growing, and learning from that brutal experience—including healing actions like group therapy, mindfulness, volunteer work, and others.

This interview is a must-listen. It's a challenging one, but Christina is a beautiful example of the resilience and hope we each have within us. I'm proud of Christina for sharing her story, and proud to call her my friend. If you can relate to Christina's story in any way, please reach out, let me know by commenting below or contacting me on Twitter or Instagram. Let Christina know by relating to her that she is not alone, and that we are in this thing together.

Thanks for listening, and thanks for empathizing with us!


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