Nonprofit Releases Online Healing Resources for Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
The Younique Foundation has launched a series of free online healing resources for survivors of child sexual abuse
The resources, which can be accessed for free at youniquefoundation.org, were conceptualized by the Foundation's Education Team beginning in August 2020. "We wanted our online resources to align with our retreat materials and reinforce what survivors had learned at retreat," said Kolene Anderson, Education Manager for The Younique Foundation.
"We knew it was important to provide a clear learning path, whether survivors had attended our retreat or not," Anderson said. "These resources meet survivors wherever they are in their healing journey."
Anderson emphasized that the resources are all research-based and have gone through an in-depth review by the Foundation's clinical staff.
The new online resources provide valuable education on the effects of abuse and offer practical tools and strategies they can use to reduce or manage them. One important feature of these resources is the detailed information they include on the most common symptoms survivors experience, and explanations of why those symptoms are linked to child sexual abuse.
The resources also explains how child sexual abuse can have long-term impacts on a survivor's life and how trauma affects the brain and the body, and how feelings of shame can shape a survivor's personal narrative.
Each resource directly points readers to a wide variety of tools and strategies to help survivors manage or reduce the effects of their trauma, she said. These healing practices include things like self-compassion, grounding techniques, paced breathing, practicing boundaries, guided meditation, assertive communication, increased sleep hygiene, sexual health, yoga, Muay Thai, developing aspirational thinking, creating intentional behaviors, navigating relationships, challenging cognitive distortions, and more.
"All the resources are based on fundamental principles presenting in ongoing trauma research. They help a survivor understand that what they are going through is similar to what many others are experiencing,"
The resources can be accessed here (https://youniquefoundation.org/
Melinda Colton, Communications Manager