When the news feels like one horrific story after another, it can be tempting to turn it all off. Especially when the nights are cool, and you have a good book handy.
But sometimes the news is more than overwhelming, exhausting, or simply annoying. Sometimes it is traumatic. Occasionally, the stories don’t just hit close to home; they hold up a mirror to reflect a memory that feels exactly like what is being reported.
If the current news cycle is bringing you pain, please don’t suffer alone. There are trained counselors in our community waiting to help – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and at no cost.
You can reach the Sexual Assault Resource Center – or SARC for short – by calling 888-810-0093.
From short-term counseling, to crisis intervention and support groups, this caring group of staff and well-trained volunteers is ready to help you and your loved ones deal with the aftermath of sexual assault. It doesn’t matter if the memory is from a few days or decades ago.
You are important to us. Our community needs you and your empathetic, resilient presence to continue to thrive. If trauma is getting in your way, please reach out.
If you aren’t feeling the impact of trauma personally yet still feel deeply impacted by the prevalence of sexual assault in our society, please don’t allow exhaustion to win. Rather than changing the channel, work to change the news. SARC also provides educational programming on a variety of topics including bystander intervention and rape culture. You can invite them to present at your workplace, school, or church.
It will take all of us to make the world a safer place, and once we do, the news will be much more enjoyable.