Friday, February 04, 2005

Should Survivors of Sexual Violence Become Therapists and Work Then With Survivors?

It's interesting to know that some people are shocked with the notion that someone who was sexually victimized would go into the mental health profession and dedicate their lives to helping other survivors. Would you be shocked to know that recovering alcoholics and drug addicts often go back to school and become rehab counselors? Should we be outraged that they would think they would be able to understand and relate to others who have had similar experiences?

We also have to consider that there are people out there who believe if you have PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) or any other related symptomology, that you are considered mentally ill. How can someone who in their eyes become therapists if they have a mental illness?

How do you feel about someone who was a witness to a murder. As they got older they decided to go into law enforcement. Should we ban those individuals from doing work that has meaning to them?

I think it's important for all of us to discuss these issues once and for all.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who better to be able to relate to and help others than those who've been through it, as long as they've had enough therapy and self-understanding?

February 04, 2005 9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe the Tendler survivors should also start a blog of their own. That way they can also say what they need to say regarding their case?

February 04, 2005 12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oops! posted that in the wrong section. Meant to post it further down.

February 04, 2005 12:08 PM  

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