Quad City mental health counselor reaches out to help those affected by sexual assault

Published: Oct. 2, 2018 at 7:25 PM CDT
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Details in the Kavanaugh story can be difficult for survivors of sexual assault. A place in the Quad Cities set up to help them at Faith United Church of Christ. This space was open to men and women who are survivors of sexual assault.

A local mental health counselor organized the event after seeing that the hearing could potentially re-traumatize many survivors of sexual violence.

"Sexual assault has now become a political issue, and sexual assault is not a political issue, it's a human issue, it's suffering issue," says Miriam Prichard, a local mental health counselor. "Every time you go through your Facebook feed or Twitter feed and someone questions the trials, and what's going on, or why didn't someone do this, or why didn't someone do that; it can retrigger those things for survivors of sexual trauma."

The safe space was a place where those affected by the hearing could come and process the events in any way they felt was necessary. Whether that meant having a conversation, sitting in silence or lighting a candle.

The safe space was open for walk-ins from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the church. Resources for sexual assault survivors were made available.

"My hope is that people who can't make it here today know that people are thinking about them, that people understand this is too much," says Prichard.

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