For the one experiencing it, unnamed Secondary Trauma/Vicarious Trauma often results in more harm. Listen to an interview with Lara to hear what she has learned about her own secondary trauma and what has blossomed out of her own brokenness.
“The seed breaks to give us wheat. The soil breaks to give us the crop. The sky breaks to give us the rain. And the wheat breaks to give us the bread. The bread breaks to give us the feast. There was once an alabaster jar that broke to give Him the glory. Never be afraid to be a broken thing.” ~Ann Voskamp
Dawn is joined by Lara today. Lara and her sister were born in Scotland and moved to Raleigh as children with their family. Lara lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband and their daughter. She received her degree in Nursing at UNC-W and has practiced the past 10 years in the areas of labor/delivery and pediatrics, while developing an interest in SANE- Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Nursing. This growing interest is an important part of Lara’s history, as it has allowed her to be able to administer, work with, and relate to women who have had traumatic experiences.
In 2016, the trauma of sexual assault became personal for her. Since that time, Lara and her sister have felt called to carry the torch of support for sexual assault survivors. They plan to do this ‘one tote at a time’ through their non-profit, Layers of Dignity.
Dawn and Lara discuss:
- Lara’s personal experience with Secondary Trauma and the struggles she faced
- That Secondary Trauma is a REAL ‘thing’ and there is no justice for the victim
- How turning anger into action helped she and her sister start their nonprofit, Layers of Dignity
- How going through and finding healing through her own trauma experience has helped Lara offer her presence in the scary and dark places of another’s story and life
- ”You have to feel the dark. You have to know the dark to appreciate the light.” ~Lara Purnell
- The various ways someone can support Layers of Dignity, a nonprofit that provides clothing and support to sexual assault survivors in Raleigh and the surrounding areas.
“The seed breaks to give us wheat. The soil breaks to give us the crop. The sky breaks to give us the rain. And the wheat breaks to give us the bread. The bread breaks to give us the feast. There was once and alabaster jar that broke to give Him the glory. Never be afraid to be a broken thing.” ~Ann Voskamp
For more information about Layers of Dignity click here for their website.