Emily Clark, MSW, on Shame

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Recovering Your Voice After Experiencing Sexual Violence

Survivors of sexual violence often carry a great deal of shame and self blame. In this episode of Woman Worriers, host Elizabeth Cush and her guest, Emily Clark, MSW, talk about overcoming shame and finding confidence in recovery from sexual assault.

You’re taught, in that moment of being violated, that your voice doesn’t matter.
— Emily Clark

Show Notes:

We’ve made strides in talking about sexual assault, but the conversation seems to end with “Believe Survivors,” says Emily Clark, a Portland, Ore., therapist and founder of The Body Sovereignty Project. In this episode of the Woman Worriers podcast, Clark and with host Elizabeth Cush, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., carry the conversation further, looking at the impact of shame on survivors’ lives and exploring the ways in which women who have experienced sexual violence can make the journey to recovery and find their voices once again.

Listen and learn:

  • Why survivors of sexual violence often feel shame

  • How shifting perspectives can help trauma survivors

  • Why today’s conversations about sexual assault don’t go far enough

  • The impact of the #MeToo Movement

  • Why “You need therapy” isn’t always the right answer—and isn’t always enough

  • What qualities to look for in a therapist if you’ve experienced sexual trauma

  • How traumatic shame interferes with healthy relationships

  • Why it helps to speak your thoughts out loud

  • Unique and creative paths to building confidence and recovering self-worth

  • Safe ways to explore your internal world

  • How you can be a better ally if someone you know has experienced sexual assault

Learn More

> Emily Clark’s website

> The Body Sovereignty Project


> Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence—from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror by Judith Herman

> Progression Counseling



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