The Face Behind the Mask: the Truth About Sexual Assault Survivors
Presented by Brandi Cuevas, M.S.
Many survivors of sexual abuse report feeling as though they go through life wearing a mask, unable to be true to themselves or others. This façade is usually colored by what is socially appropriate and acceptable: smiling, happy, okay, doing fine… Under the mask all the aftermath processes (e.g. depression, suicidal ideation, financial costs, physical memories, etc.) take place to include the struggle to hide what is really going on. In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), we will talk about fighting the stigma of sexual assault, prevention strategies, the role of an MFT, and available resources for survivors.