Last night I watched Sunday’s episodes of The Affair and Sharp Objects. While what I watched was fictional, the topics covered are real and hit home for me. The fact that these things are being portrayed prominently and directly in film is both encouraging and heartbreaking.
Six months ago if I were to have watched these episodes - back to back no less - I would be an unraveling mess right now. I’m sad, yes. But I can feel the difference, the shift, in my response to these narratives and images, and to my own resulting thoughts and flashes of my memories that no longer have control over me. While I know I will spend the rest of my life fighting, I know each instance like this evening is another opportunity to become stronger.
Sadly, this is not the case for many domestic violence survivors and survivors of sexual assault. One in four will attempt suicide and of that 25% nearly half will complete it. Survivors of abuse and sexual assault make up 90% of those who self-harm.
Please, if you or someone you know needs help and support, please see the list of resources on my foundation website, which has been updated to include several hotlines devoted to preventing self-harm and suicide. If you or someone you know are in immediate need of help or support, please don’t hesitate to call your local law enforcement (emergency or non emergency lines); there are officers trained to assist individuals in distress and help direct them to the support they need.
Where Can I Find Help?
If you or someone you know is the victim of domestic violence or self-harm there are resources available in your community and nationally that can provide support and assistance.
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