Torah thought that a discussion about love for survivors might be particularly helpful for people who feel especially alone or suicidal during holidays.
We had a live panel where Torah asked a set of questions and each panel member, including Torah, gave their answer.
Panel Members: Lizzie Hershberger, Marian Bacol-Uba, Lindsay Gibson, Kathy Picard, Elizabeth Vazquez, Torah Bontrager (survivors), and Stephanie Dalfonzo (trauma expert).
Question #1: What’s your story in 1 sentence?
Question #2: How has sharing your story publicly helped you in your healing journey?
Question #3: How has what happened affected your romantic relationships?
Question #4: How do you get through suicidal phases or events (like Valentine’s Day) when you’re alone? Or how did you get through them when you were single?
Question #5: What’s one way, or the best way, that a potential romantic partner could support you as a sexual assault/trauma survivor? What would you say to a potential partner?
Question #6: What is your self-care practice?
Question #7: What are some things that help you for post-traumatic stress? Tools, tips, techniques, rituals, etc.
Question #8: Is love possible after sexual assault? And what’s your definition of love?
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