Episode 269 - Dr. Judith Herman: Issues and Perspectives on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care in the Age of the #MeToo Movement

Monday, August 26, 2019, 9:33:26 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Judith Herman discusses research on justice from the perspective of trauma survivors, how this is related to the #MeToo movement, and why individuals who are victims of abuse choose to speak out. She considers the progress and relevance of changes within DSM-5 PTSD diagnostic criteria, how chronic shame is related to dissociation and PTSD, and the consequences of forming an insecure attachment. The episode concludes by providing examples on how resilience can be built through community-based interventions and lead to more secure attachments.

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Average Rating: 5stars  regaining power for survivors, Sunday, February 09, 2020

By Diana C. :

Dr. Herman’s podcast brought attention to how the #MeToo Movement encouraged survivors of sexual abuse to not only be heard but to have their trauma validated. The #MeToo Movement allowed victims to feel safe in expressing their incidents of abuse in an effort to help others speak out without fear or shame and to stop the perpetrators from continuing to abuse others.

Judith Herman does an excellent job of bringing awareness to what the survivors of sexual abuse are feeling in regards to their perpetrators. Dr. Herman conducted research on what the trauma survivors wanted their offenders’ consequences to be for the crimes they committed.

What I found most interesting in Dr. Herman’s podcast was that survivors had little interest in criminal punishments for their offenders, but instead wanted others to know what happened to them and who did it to them. They want the abusers to be exposed and to be shamed to prevent others from being abused. It is very difficult for survivors to share their experiences and one of the reasons is that memories are suppressed and unclear because during the traumatic event, the victim dissociates to avoid the reality of what is happening to them. They were powerless at the time of their abuse but regain their power when they can decide how they want their abusers to face the consequences of their actions.

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