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The Unthought Known and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

In a recent piece on Crosscut, (“Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and the psychology of buried trauma“), Seattle writer and psychotherapist Carol Poole discusses Dr. Ford’s powerful testimony through the lens of traumatic experience and how it impacts the brain.  She notes that once we understand the neurobiology of trauma, we’re able to make sense of Dr. Ford’s incomplete memories of what happened on that long ago day. And with this understanding comes a recognition of  Dr. Ford’s testimony as a display of pure strength and courage: “Hence my fear for Dr. Ford: speaking up so publicly, she was breaking a primordial survival rule most women know, whether or not we’ve given it much thought”.

While Carol’s article is powerful and insightful, it may be difficult to read for those who have experienced trauma. Please be gentle with yourselves as you read it; you may need to save it for later or take it in small doses.

The article also includes a list of local trauma resources, worth repeating here:

King County Sexual Assault Resource Center — 888-998-6423

Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN) — 800-656-4673

UW Medicine Center for Sexual Assault & Traumatic Stress — 206-744-1600​​​​​​​

Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs — lists providers across Washington state offering free resources

by Samantha Arons

Posted on October 12, 2018
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