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Session 18: Healing After A Sexual Assault

The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves.

In today’s session I am joined by guest therapist, Dr. Shena Young, a Body Inclusive Clinical Psychologist, in California. We discussed terminology relevant to sexual assault, misunderstanding about consent, historical implications that shape reporting and treating sexual assaults, and the need for culturally specific and trauma-informed practices.

Where to Find Dr. Young

Instagram: @embodiedtruthhealing


The Courage to Heal Book

The Courage to Heal Workbook

The Body Keeps the Score 

Overcoming trauma through yoga 

RAINN: Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization; website provides information about sexual assault, safety & prevention, what to do after being assaulted, provides resources and operates the national sexual assault hotline.

Sexual Assault Hotline: 1.800.656.HOPE

Establishing a relationship with an individual therapist is an encouraged and supported option; if personal resources don’t allow that community agencies/centers often offer free to low fee services to survivors including individual/group counseling, advocacy/accompaniment to appointments/ER, legal consultation depending on the center; survivors can find a directory of centers here

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