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Healing from Trauma & Abuse

It happens in every kind of family, no matter what we’d like to believe. Girls and boys are sexually abused by adults in their households. Women and men are battered by their spouses. Even if our homes are loving and safe, many of us have experienced violence and trauma in settings too numerous to list. To begin to heal, we must create space for people to tell their stories—and we must listen without turning away. 

Circle of Support

By Meryl Crean Sternman
Circle of support for someone who will be confronting a past abuser   more
Complete Ceremony

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Reclaiming Oneself

By Tamara Cohen
A ritual for survivors of abuse modeled loosely on the Jewish wedding, with the union here being between the woman and herself. This ritual is divided into two sections, one to done at home, alone, and one to be performed in the presence of friends and family.   more
Complete Ceremony

Refu'at ha Nefesh

By Elana Rabinowitz
A poem/prayer to be used as part of a healing ritual for a survivor of sexual violence   more

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