Sexual violence is any physical sexual act committed without the consent of the other person or when the other person is unable to give consent. It includes sexual assault, rape, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. Sexual trauma is any lingering physical, emotional, or psychological symptoms resulting from a physical assault or battery of a sexual nature. The state of Alaska has the highest rate of sexual assault in the nation.
On this episode, Blaze Bell, a tenacious sexual assault survivor, shares her story of triumph over tragedy, Keeley Olson, executive director of Standing Together Against Rape, details how her organization meets the unique needs of sexual violence victims and survivors in Alaska, and Eden Lunsford, a trauma therapist, talks about how she helps sexual violence survivors personal recover power and reestablish agency over their lives.