Speaking Up Against Sexual Assault

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Editor’s Note: This interview and the content in the post may be triggering. If you find you are in need of resources and someone to talk to, please reach out to the Sexual Assault Hotline (415) 647-7273 or RAINN (Rape Abuse and Incest National Network) (800) 656 HOPE, www.rainn.org. 


Emily Paulson make look familiar to our audience. We interviewed her and Celeste Yvonne to talk about their sober journey and work with The Sober Mom Squad. This time, Emily shared her story of 2 sexual assaults that happened to her while in college; once when she was raped and another time when she was sexually assaulted by Dr. Tyndall, the gynecologist at USC.

Because of the settlement between USC and Tyndall’s victims, Emily is now able to openly talk about what happened to her and how it affected her life. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Emily is glad that she can now speak out, to her, that is a healthy coping mechanism that many victims use as part of the healing process.

Emily talks about how sexual assault can manifest for victims as well as other healthy coping mechanisms. We also talk about age appropriate conversations we can have with our children, especially those getting ready to head off to college.

Watch the entire interview to learn more about the incredible survivor that Emily is and also read her book that was key to her healing.

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Tracy
Tracy owns Safe Spaces, a consulting and training firm that focuses on building resilient families, communities and organizations (www.sfspcs.com). She is also an Authorized Facilitator and Certified Instructor with Darkness to Light, www.d2l.org, a child sexual abuse prevention organization. Tracy has taught pre kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade and has served as a Site Administrator for an elementary school. Currently, she is a Teacher-in-Residence with Prezi and also a college and career advisor for Students Rising Above. Tracy grew up in northeast Ohio, and has lived in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Arizona, and Northern Virginia and has worked in the arts, in education and child abuse prevention. Her husband's job brought them to the Bay Area and there's no looking back! Tracy is mom to a 16-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son. Self-care includes getting to know her new community, having lunch with friends, pedicures, reading, cooking, crafting, and just being with her family.

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