56 episodes

Survivors of sexual assault face unique challenges recovering from trauma and re-entering their lives. Clinical psychologist and survivor Kelsey Harper speaks directly to survivors and offers practical skills to reclaim their life. In this podcast, you will learn new skills to build a resilient life and gain inspiration from the community of survivors sharing their stories of grit and power.

Initiated Survivor Kelsey Harper

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

Survivors of sexual assault face unique challenges recovering from trauma and re-entering their lives. Clinical psychologist and survivor Kelsey Harper speaks directly to survivors and offers practical skills to reclaim their life. In this podcast, you will learn new skills to build a resilient life and gain inspiration from the community of survivors sharing their stories of grit and power.

    Expanding on 'Believing all Survivors'

    Expanding on 'Believing all Survivors'

    In episode 44, Olivia Pepper spoke on the heavy gifts that survivors receive throughout the "after". It made me look back on the first year of the podcast including my previous thoughts on believing all survivors — episodes 1 and 2 of Initiated Survivor, "Why I Believe All Survivors" and "We Believe All Survivors". In these early episodes, the strategies I spoke about were primarily on an individual level. But when believing all survivors takes the dismantling of far-reaching systemic injustices, what can we as individuals do? Listen to the full episode to find out.

    Topics/Triggers:


    Rest & The future of this podcast
    The realities of trauma recovery
    Reclaiming our power and community
    The myth of false reports
    The status quo of misogyny
    How rape culture responds to allegations of sexual assault
    The pathologizing of survivors
    White female privilege
    Why some believe sexual assault is an "anomaly"
    The trauma of reporting to a carceral state

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    If you took anything away from today’s podcast, please share it with someone who may need to hear it. And if you really want to support the podcast please give us a rate/review.

    If you or anyone you know is suffering through trauma contact the National Sexual Assault hotline at 1-800-656-4673 or online for 24/7 support. (This podcast is not a replacement for psychotherapy or mental health care. You can obtain a referral for mental health care provider from your primary care physician, or search on Psychology Today’s Find a Therapist directory)

    Find more Initiated Survivor content here and on Instagram!

    • 37 min
    Heavy Gifts with Olivia Pepper

    Heavy Gifts with Olivia Pepper

    Olivia Pepper is returning to Initiated Survivor after their previous episode, "Nurturing Trauma Through Community", where they spoke about their transition from victim to survivor. In this episode, Olivia has returned to tell more about their recovery journey and how the process of healing themselves has led them to activism for others. We speak on community, the work of those that came before us, and how to best show up for survivors. They share with us their vision of the future, why they have been driven to action, and what they want other survivors to know.

    Topics/Triggers:


    Childhood sexual molestation
    Recovering lost memories
    Fear of sexual relationships
    Date rape
    Intimate partner violence
    Rape culture
    Take Back the Night Foundation
    Political activism and systemic change
    Taboos
    Supreme Court nominations and rulings
    Tori Amos, the first national spokesperson for the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network, RAINN

    Find out more about Olivia here! 

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    If you took anything away from today’s podcast, please share it with someone who may need to hear it. And if you really want to support the podcast please give us a rate/review.

    If you or anyone you know is suffering through trauma contact the National Sexual Assault hotline at 1-800-656-4673 or online for 24/7 support. (This podcast is not a replacement for psychotherapy or mental health care. You can obtain a referral for mental health care provider from your primary care physician, or search on Psychology Today’s Find a Therapist directory)

    Find more Initiated Survivor content here and on Instagram!

    • 28 min
    Roe v. Wade & Survivors

    Roe v. Wade & Survivors

    In the aftermath of the unprecedented reversal of established precedent, survivors are left wondering what to do. With the Supreme Court becoming increasingly more conservative following the reversal of Roe vs. Wade, many of us survivors are left with a staggering loss of bodily autonomy, independence, and resources. In a follow-up from my previous take on the United States post-Roe vs. Wade, I open up about the ramifications of this Supreme Court decision and what we can do in the here and now.

    Topics/Triggers:


    Why we need to vote both locally & federally to protect survivors’ rights
    Abortion Rights & Women’s Liberation
    What having abortion resources meant for my own recovery story
    The implications of exceptions for incest and rape
    How the government is infringing upon a survivor’s right to privacy & body autonomy
    Success Stories Program

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    If you took anything away from today’s podcast, please share it with someone who may need to hear it. And if you really want to support the podcast please give us a rate/review.

    If you or anyone you know is suffering through trauma contact the National Sexual Assault hotline at 1-800-656-4673 or online for 24/7 support. (This podcast is not a replacement for psychotherapy or mental health care. You can obtain a referral for mental health care provider from your primary care physician, or search on Psychology Today’s Find a Therapist directory)

    Find more Initiated Survivor content here and on Instagram!

    • 30 min
    The Truest Heart with Amy Malin

    The Truest Heart with Amy Malin

    Amy Malin is the creator and CEO of Trueheart, which serves as an in-between of Hollywood and philanthropy. A survivor of sexual assault and human trafficking, Amy founded Trueheart during her recovery process. Alongside her husband/business partner Scott Malin, Amy has raised thousands for a wide variety of causes including Domestic Violence, Gender Equality, HIV/AIDS, Homelessness, Human Trafficking, Hunger, LGBTQ+ Rights, Poverty, Racial Equality, The Arts, The Environment, Women’s Empowerment, and more. Today, she shares how she came to be so passionate about helping others and why she chooses to live her life leading with hope, light, and love.

    Topics/Triggers:


    Domestic violence
    Sexual assault
    Human trafficking
    Hope
    Suicide
    The difference between abusive relationships and healthy relationships
    Depression, PTSD, and Anxiety
    Mirroring Work and Affirmations
    Hot Yoga
    The healing nature of tattoos
    Being Unbreakable
    Authenticity and Vulnerability

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    If you took anything away from today’s podcast, please share it with someone who may need to hear it. And if you really want to support the podcast please give us a rate/review.

    If you or anyone you know is suffering through trauma contact the National Sexual Assault hotline at 1-800-656-4673 or online for 24/7 support. (This podcast is not a replacement for psychotherapy or mental health care. You can obtain a referral for mental health care provider from your primary care physician, or search on Psychology Today’s Find a Therapist directory)

    Find more Initiated Survivor content here and on Instagram!

    • 49 min
    Recovery Through Psychedelics with Veteran and Neuroscientist Kim Mecklenburg

    Recovery Through Psychedelics with Veteran and Neuroscientist Kim Mecklenburg

    Kim Mecklenburg survived childhood sexual assault from family as well as at the hands of her commanding officers during her time in the Marine Corps. Taking us through how she was able to recover due in part to the aid of psychedelics, Kim shares what it means to finally feel free in her body once again. She has also taken what she learned about survival and recovery and turned it into Kim Chi Wisdom, where she helps to dismantle rape culture by performing "Life Intelligence™ For Leaders" Workshops. She also helps other survivors with their recoveries through neuroscience-backed methods — letting them overcome and leverage past trauma.

    Topics/Triggers:


    Sexual abuse from father and brother
    The neural rewiring that happens after rape
    Disassociation
    Marine Corps silencing sexual assault and protecting predators
    Letting go of control
    Narcissistic Abuse
    Establishing boundaries with others
    Finding people to trust again
    Using neuroscience to tackle trauma
    Psychedelics and understanding your own brain
    High-achieving people with trauma
    Why "boys will be boys" is a damaging phrase
    Overcoming feelings of unworthiness and shame

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    If you took anything away from today’s podcast, please share it with someone who may need to hear it. And if you really want to support the podcast please give us a rate/review.

    If you or anyone you know is suffering through trauma contact the National Sexual Assault hotline at 1-800-656-4673 or online for 24/7 support. (This podcast is not a replacement for psychotherapy or mental health care. You can obtain a referral for mental health care provider from your primary care physician, or search on Psychology Today’s Find a Therapist directory)

    Find more Initiated Survivor content here and on Instagram!

    • 50 min
    Standing in Your Strength with Nichol Bridges

    Standing in Your Strength with Nichol Bridges

    Nichol Bridges is a survivor of multiple incidents of violence. A current member of the RAINN Speakers Bureau, Nicole bears all in this Initiated Survivor interview. From her childhood when she encountered unwanted sexual advances from men much older than her, to being assaulted by multiple peers, to suffering violence at the hands of an ex-boyfriend, Nichol recounts these horrific experiences as an open book.  Nichol's strength shines through her raw honesty of her life as a survivor.  Taking us through the moment she first started to heal to when she decided to become a force of change, Nichol is paying it forward by working to create a better place for all of us.

    Topics/Triggers:


    Childhood sexual abuse
    Being raped by a friend
    Forced oral penetration
    Shame and fear paralysis
    "What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing" by Dr. Bruce D. Perry and Oprah Winfrey 
    The way the mind is change by trauma
    Hyper sexuality and hyper sensitivity
    Substance abuse
    Being dismissed by the police
    Rape kits
    Hoffman Institute 
    PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, and other illness that correlate to surviving sexual assault
    Julian Walker: Mind-Body Practice 
    Dr. Dan Allender 
    The Hunting Ground Documentary 
    Joyce Meyers' books 

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    If you took anything away from today’s podcast, please share it with someone who may need to hear it. And if you really want to support the podcast please give us a rate/review.

    If you or anyone you know is suffering through trauma contact the National Sexual Assault hotline at 1-800-656-4673 or online for 24/7 support. (This podcast is not a replacement for psychotherapy or mental health care. You can obtain a referral for mental health care provider from your primary care physician, or search on Psychology Today’s Find a Therapist directory)

    Find more Initiated Survivor content here and on Instagram!

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Lola33 V8 ,

Amazing podcast!

I love this podcast. The host and her guests really understand the very complex issue of sexual assault and its many related issues and converse in an engaging and easy to understand way. Highly recommend.

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