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Saturday, February 22 2020

Happy self-care Saturday!

Often when we think of self-care, we think of things that we can do to treat ourselves, whether that's a massage, yoga, or practicing gratitude. While those things are nice, an aspect of self-care that we don't often think about is social action. Maybe we've never even thought about social action as self-care. So why social action?

When we go through trauma, whether that be experiencing violence or oppression ourselves or someone close to us experiencing violence or oppression, we experience a lot of different things. Some of the things we may experience are feeling a lack of control in our lives, disempowerment, like we don't have a voice, and that the world and/or the system is broken or hopeless. These are all normal feelings and reactions to violence and oppression. 

However, we do have power and a voice. We are valuable, important, and our stories and experiences matter. When we feel ready and if it feels good to us, social action can provide a tool to counteract those traumatic feelings. It can give us a sense of control, empowerment, and voice. It can make us feel like we are contributing to making the world and the system a less broken place. 

So what does social action look like? There are as many ways to engage in social action as there are people, and what feels rights and healing to someone else might feel different from what feels right or healing to you. Feel out what feels best. Check out some suggestions below and feel free to comment with your own!

  • Find and sign petitions related with your cause.
  • Write letters or call those who have the power to change the system, whether that's a coalition, attorney, or legislator.
  • Promote awareness for your cause, whether that's sharing your story, sharing posts on social media, or engaging in awareness activities or awareness months.
  • Learn more about your cause. Do some research, find some resources, and maybe even educate others.
  • Use your voice. Speak with local agencies and/or SARTs about your experience. Give feedback and ideas.
  • Talk with other survivors or loved ones. Express empathy and support to people in person, on social media, or at a support group. Write letters or notes to other survivors. 
  • Help out! Working or volunteering with your cause can help make a difference in others' lives and create fulfillment.
  • Engage in a different cause. Sometimes engaging in the causes that caused us trauma can put us too much in that trauma. If engaging in the cause that is the source of our trauma hurts more than helps, engage in a different cause. It can give your mind a break from trauma and promote connection and healing with others. 




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Safe Place Sexual Assault Center
PO Box 235
Batesville, Indiana 47006
812-932-SAFE (7233)
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This project is supported in part (or in whole) by grant, 03215VAGX006403 from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime through the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. Views contained herein are those of the author and do not represent the position of USDOJ or ICJI.