In today’s society, we are having more voices speaking up against rape. More people, male and female, are sharing their experiences of how they were able to overcome the stigmatization, guilt, depression that came with their rape experiences. It is a tough journey to recovery to go through; it’s worse off if one tries to do it alone without the help and support of a loving community. Access to knowledge, resources and a solid support system is important to the healing process from the impact of a rape experience.
With people coming out with their stories, pains, and various situations, there is something we need to take note of.
“Every rape experience is unique and different in its own way”
Most people still have those images and memories inscribed in their minds and are easily accessible. So we must treat every person with a story with a difference, understanding that their story and experience may be just as real to them as the ground we walk on. This is exactly what we do at SV2, we treat every individual/client uniquely.
We are not interested in building a community of people with similar stories and experiences. We want to ensure that we have a certain sequence of results where individuals/clients/people are restored to hope, dignity and drive for tomorrow. It shouldn’t happen that among us we get caught up in the moment and overlook the signs from persons finding it difficult to deal with their situation. There are issues that most rape victims face that could lead to depression and a pattern of suicidal thoughts. We need to ensure proper growth with little allowance for relapses. At SV2 we listen and pay attention to little details during sessions and conversations, which is very helpful.
There is a natural thing with humans that makes us forget the importance of some of the things we do after we have done it for a while. Can you still share the emotions and bear the burdens of someone who feels jilted and used? Can you not just dump your wealth of experience and advice on someone who needs to know that you totally understand the situation first before even listening to your knowledge? It is important that we see things clearly at every point in time with everyone. That is the responsibility that comes with bringing hope and healing to the wounded. Let’s also tell individuals to share as much as they can, their pains and fears, to ease the burden and pressures that they face. It’s a deep truth that in the multitude of counsellors, there is safety.
Being surrounded by people of similar mindsets and various phases of recovery makes it easier to picture your own phase and see the possibility of moving on. SV2 has a loving community that lets you realise there is hope for each and every one of us to move on, and to experience the best in life regardless of unpleasant events in times past. We are also a helping hand to those who struggle because we realise that there is no better time than now to stand and raise our voices against rape.