On today’s episode of Why This Now? by Re:Set, we look at what it’s like navigating intimacy after experiencing sexual violence, and how the lingering trauma impacts survivors.
Author and survivor Sohaila Abdulali and public health professional and survivor Zahra Bhaiwala share their deeply personal stories of how trauma has manifested in their relationships, opening up about sexual assault to a potential partner and the societal pressures of victim blaming and gaslighting, while sexual violence counselor Tara Fox tells us how loved ones can better support the healing process and how sexual violence impacts survivors.
Trigger warning: Please note, this episode has mentions of sexual violence, rape, and sexual trauma. Listener discretion is advised. If you or someone you know is experiencing sexual violence or trauma, please know there is support you can access. You can also find more information and resources around sexual assault and trauma on our website.
Host: Aakanksha Tangri
Writers: Sanjukta Bose & Akanksha Mishra
This is a Maed in India production.
Audio Engineer & Editor: Kartik Kulkarni
Producer: Mae Mariyam Thomas
Assistant Producer: Husein Haveliwala