Monthly Message – October 2018
The past few weeks have been wrought with troubling, triggering, and downright infuriating events in Washington DC. For those who have ever been sexually harassed, abused, or raped, this week has been even more difficult.
I want you to know that if you are experiencing high levels of anxiety or pain during this time, there are many resources available to you. RAINN, the national Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network is available to assist from the comfort and security of your home. The hotline had its busiest day in history during the hearing. They can be reached at 1-800-656-4673 or at www.rainn.org. You do not have to face this alone. If you need to, turn off the news, turn off social media, and take a break. It is okay to move back from the onslaught. Be gentle with yourself now.
If you have not been directly impacted by sexual harassment or abuse or rape, I guarantee you know someone who has. The statistics bear it out. Be gentle with one another. You may notice that I have not made this a gender binary issue. The truth is, these events do not solely affect one gender or another.
I will be in the community Oct. 2-4th as well as Oct. 21-29th. If you need to talk, please reach out to make an appointment during that time (this guarantees I'm in the office and available for you). You can do this by sending me an email or by using the link to my online scheduler (found at top of this page, in the newsletter, and in the order of service).
Our work is not done, my friends. However, for those who are feeling the burden most of all, you can take a break to heal, rest, and recover. We are in this together.