Survivor/Advocate Conversation: Understanding Triggers Years Later

Survivor/Advocate Conversation: Understanding Triggers Years Later A big thank you to my dear friend Ursula Kuba for being courageous and sharing her trauma story to help others.   Survivor: So. I thought I was over this two years ago. But last week a male police officer came to do an investigation at work (that had … Continue reading Survivor/Advocate Conversation: Understanding Triggers Years Later

For Such a Time as this Rally (During the Southern Baptist Convention 2018)

  The #ForSuchaTimeasThisRally was a great success! A good crowd gathered outside of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas Texas asking the faith community to honor and value women, especially in relation to domestic violence and sexual assault.   The speakers included myself and: (Click on each name to access their website) Ashley … Continue reading For Such a Time as this Rally (During the Southern Baptist Convention 2018)

HEALING Ideas

Some of the articles already on this website might be helpful for healing. Here are some quick links: The Art of Zentangle: A Tool for Healing Understanding how the Brain Responds in Trauma: Neurons Firing and Wiring Transforming Anger In my doctorate research I organized healing tools into four categories. These four divisions were: Art … Continue reading HEALING Ideas

Let’s Talk Consent

What does it mean when a person experiences an assault? Can rape happen in committed relationships? These are tough questions but I will attempt to answer them in this post as a preview of what you will see in my upcoming book.   I define sexual assault and consent in these ways: Sexual assault: Any … Continue reading Let’s Talk Consent

Annesley Article: Survivors Know Best

Today my article for Annesley Writers went live. This month they are focusing on gender-based violence, including domestic violence.  They asked me to write this piece and I was thrilled to be a part of this project. Here's a teaser. It was a chilly spring afternoon when I got a call from an unknown number. … Continue reading Annesley Article: Survivors Know Best

What is Wrong with Conditions?

According to an article published by Slate this week, the prosecuting attorney in Honolulu created stipulations for victims of violence to receive services in the local shelter.  As of today, July 15, 2017, the article is available for review here. In this piece it states the following conditions must be met if a person desires … Continue reading What is Wrong with Conditions?

False Reports of violence & assault are not as common as society believes

In light of several things going on in popular culture these days, I've had many requests for information on false allegations and false reporting when it comes to domestic violence and sexual assault. So I put together a research & resource list so folks can investigate for themselves and understand the issue. Bottom line? False … Continue reading False Reports of violence & assault are not as common as society believes

Dr. Sim’s Resource List for the Neurobiology of Trauma: 

After my presentation at the Crime Victim's Rights Conference (in a 90 minute session titled "Professionals Playing: Healing & Wholeness in the Midst of Vicarious Trauma"), I was asked for my resource list. A top 10 greatest neurobiology hits, I believe was the exact wording! If I was to create a works cited from all … Continue reading Dr. Sim’s Resource List for the Neurobiology of Trauma: 

Neurons Firing & Wiring 

Did you know that anything can become a trigger for your brain's fear response? A smell. A stuffed animal. A song. A picture. Even the most innocent things can become the cue for your brain to prepare your body for survival. When your brain is processing whatever that object or experience is at the same time … Continue reading Neurons Firing & Wiring 

Polyvagal Theory: Understanding the Physical Body in Trauma

This week I wrote another explanation for my coworkers that might be helpful for others. Ever since I went to the National Sexual Assault Conference this past September, I had my attention tuned into this notion of Polyvagal Theory as it relates to trauma. Here is a tiny, 4-minute little video from Dr. Porges (through … Continue reading Polyvagal Theory: Understanding the Physical Body in Trauma