Warrior Sister: Cut Yourself Free From Your Assault
by Jenifer DeBellis
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Pub Date 15 Nov 2021 | Archive Date 05 Apr 2022
Warrior Sister, Cut Yourself Free from Your Assault is a vital and timely self-help tool for teen girls, young women, or anyone working to overcome physical and sexual assault trauma, as well as the professionals who serve them. The pages within are designed specifically for teen girls and young women for two reasons. First, they're collectively the largest demographic impacted by physical violence with the least recovery resources. Second, as fellow survivors, they should know where to find their sisterhood and how to navigate the recovery valley some of us have already made it through.
Warrior Sister, Cut Yourself Free from Your Assault is a road and resource map for survivors thrown into situations where they must become their own heroes and save their own lost worlds. The book offers the trauma-informed support, knowledge, and strategies survivors need to restore their emotional stability, health, and self-worth.
This book is also used as a part of the aRIFT+ Warrior Project outreach, which collaboratively works to help assault survivors heal and take back control so they can move beyond their attack and experience self-restoration.
“A compassionate, insightful and systematic guide for girls and young women who refuse to let themselves be defined by their assaults... an intimate and hopeful book that holds the potential to vastly improve the lives of its readers. An essential tool for both trauma survivors and their providers.”
—Jacob M. Appel MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
“A brilliant, beautifully written, page-turner: a manual, what she calls a “restoration journey,” that will help others work through their trauma as well."
—Charles W. Brice, Ph.D., author of The Broad Grin of Eternity and All the Songs Sung.
“Poet, podcaster, and activist Jenifer Debellis is a fresh and important voice in the physical and sexual trauma space.”
—Heather Christie, author of What the Valley Knows and The Lying Season.
“A thoughtful, well researched self-help book with the perfect marriage of intellect and compassion.”
—Diane DeCillis, author of When the Heart Needs a Stunt Double
“An invaluable survival tool to help girls navigate their way to self empowerment. I hope it gets in the hands of every young woman who needs help finding the light—her light.”
—Liz Ferro, founder and author of Girls with Sole
“An essential resource for assault survivors. I was inspired by Jenifer’s authentic voice as a survivor herself, her story brimming with hope toward a bright future, free from the nightmares of the past.”
—Ally Shaw, Author of Chasing Tigers in the Dark, Life Lessons of a Fierce Survivor
“With deep compassion and positivity, author, Jenifer DeBellis, draws on her experiences with sexual trauma and coaching others who have experienced it to empower her readers to break free of the bonds that may be holding them back from living their fullest lives, becoming their most authentic selves.”
—Kim Suhr, MFA, author of Nothing to Lose (Cornerstone Press, 2018) and director of Red Oak Writing.
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Can we please just admire the cover of this book? 😊 Love it!
Jenifer is a poet, podcaster and activist. She is apparently on a mission to guide women and girls who have gone through any sort of assault, out of the hurt it's left them with. Be it mentally or physically. In her own words, she states, " for restoration to occur, survivors must move forward from the incident that fractured them."
This book offers recovery initiatives designed to help assault survivors, separate themselves from their assault and assailant, to promote self restoration.
She developed this book as a companion tool, for a.R.I.F.T+( Assault Recovery Initiatives for Teens ) Warrior Project outreach programme. This project helps survivors heal and take back control of their lives.
The different sections guide you to the understanding, that, perspective is everything. Jenifer supports her points clearly, by talking about her own experiences with assault, added to some of the research she conducted.
What I love about this book the most, is that she doesn't just state facts about assault and the effects on the one assaulted. There is a practical guide, resources and activities to help you on your " freeing " journey. One of my favourite is the " 30 Day Restoration Plan", a roadmap to recovery.
What better way to get help, than from someone who has been where you've been, or probably where you are right now. It's a universal thing for assault survivors to believe, that they're supposed to curl up into an invisible ball of shame forever, never getting the help they need.
Well as a survivor myself, I can safely say that help is within the pages of this book. Right here. Right now.
To any woman or girl who has ever experienced assault in any way shape or form, I can't recommend this book enough. Do not delay your healing, and regain control of your life.