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In recent years, the #MeToo and Time's Up movements have exposed the truth that many already knew: sexual violence is pervasive and has traumatized millions of survivors. This visibility is also shedding light on the lack of resources available for victims to heal. It's not surprising that many turn to whatever coping mechanisms are close by, including alcohol, other drugs, and unhealthy behaviors.
Jennifer Storm is living proof that there is hope for true healing and growth. In her memoir Blackout Girl, she shared her story of living in a drug-fueled darkness. In Awakening Blackout Girl, Jennifer provides the road map she used to wake herself up. In this essential guide, Jennifer covers crucial subjects ranging from shame and self-harm to sex and relationships while providing practical exercises, tools, and wisdom to help survivors heal. The foreword by Kristen Schmidt, MD, an addiction psychiatrist and trauma expert at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, also provides essential clinical context on treating sexual trauma and addiction.
Jennifer's message is this: You have the power to write the rest of your story. You can survive, you can heal, and you can thrive.
In this honest and practical guide, rape survivor and victim advocate Jennifer Storm shares the information, tools, and resources she has gained from more than twenty years of personal and professional experience to help fellow survivors recover from co-occurring sexual trauma and substance use.