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    Survivor Support

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    How Sexual Abuse as A Child Leads To Overeating

    Ark of Hope Blog & News
    Category: Survivor Support

    How Sexual Abuse as A Child Leads To Overeating

    The idea of tracing eating disorders back to childhood trauma was first brought to light in the late 1980s by Dr. Vincent Felitti. After finding initial success with many of his patients, Dr. Felitti noticed that sustained weight loss was extremely difficult for his patients to acquire. Some patients would gain back all of the weight they lost, and some would even gain more weight.

    After conducting interviews with his patients, Dr. Felitti started to uncover a correlation between eating disorders and childhood trauma. More specifically, Dr. Felitti discovered that binge eating among some adult women can be traced back to sexual abuse they experienced when they were younger. In some cases, the women knew the abuse was wrong and created a series of emotional and mental obstacles to try and bury it in their minds. In other cases, the women admitted to not realizing that they were abused until it manifested itself in the form of binge eating.

    Eating Disorders  Childhood Trauma

    2016-12-13 18:46:05
     

    Legal Options for Survivors

    Ark of Hope Blog & News
    Category: Survivor Support

    Legal Options for Survivors of Sexual Abuse

     

    The criminal justice system was not designed to support, or even empower, survivors of sexual abuse. It’s goal, to punish those who victimize others, is certainly important, and the vast majority of prosecutors are good people who genuinely want to help. But where survivors are concerned, the system often falls short. We’ve spoken to many survivors who have honestly felt used by the system, treated as little more than pieces of evidence. That’s not to say we don’t believe in the sort of justice sought by the criminal justice system, but its treatment of survivors leaves much to be desired.

    Justice itself is a tricky concept, one that’s often used without much attention to what it actually means. In the criminal system, justice is a matter of proving that a person committed some act that society doesn’t condone. We punish them for it, putting them in jail, listing them on sex offender registries and, most commonly, fining them an amount of money. That’s justice, according to the criminal system: the state or federal government gets some cash and an offender gets put away.

    Survivor Support

    2016-02-23 01:00:14