“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy – the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”
~ Brene Brown
Rebecca’s Journey Towards Advocacy
Rebecca compassionately and insightfully shares her personal story as a survivor of childhood incest. Her years of recovery and re-empowerment led her to become both a psychotherapist and dance therapist in order to assist others in obtaining tools, and body-centered therapies to heal the affects of physical and psychological abuse. “At a certain point, I knew I had to come out of the closet with my status as a survivor in order to reclaim my life fully and to engage in the advocacy work I’d known I was uniquely positioned to do for years.”
Rebecca shares her story with varied audiences. She stresses the importance of coming out of silence around the topic of incest and creating essential supportive communities for survivors. She aims to put a human face to and normalize the possibility and reality of living outwardly one’s status as a survior. She educates professionals, especially those in schools or working with children on the intricacies and complexities of what it means to go through daily life as a survivor. She emphasizes the importance of the arts in giving children choice and opportunity in their decision to be seen or heard at any given time. She also stresses the non-negotiable need for professionals to have appropriate training and education when working with survivors, especially children. Lastly, she shares with survivors the wealth of knowledge she has gained through her own journey of healing, transformation and re-empowerment. A major step in healing from incest is coming out of hiding and isloation. As one steps out, many others can follow suit.
“I no longer see what happened to me as a negative thing. It is a part of my fabric. It is in every cell and bone and bit of marrow, but it is gold, it is transformed. To be re-empowered, to be transformed is something solid, something utterly beautiful. That is who I am, who I always was.” ~ Rebecca