Remember my April Fear of Sex? I mentioned my decision to seek out a professional therapist in order to sort through this very large topic, and have since had my 1st session! I promised to divulge what a session is really like and am happy to report good results! It was not nearly as intimidating or embarrassing as I thought it was going to be. The room was well lit with a contemporary décor and we spend the hour filling out paper work and doing introductions. The counselor is super nice, professional and down to earth and made me feel relaxed and comfortable. I was free to ask her anything and this made filling out the family background and medical questions easier. All in all it was a great experience and I plan to continue going!
My fear to conquer this month is a big one. SEX. Yep, you read correctly. Let me explain. Unlike most adults who have a healthy reaction to sex, I have an unhealthy aversion to it. Sparing the details, my objective is to delve deeper into the reasons why and I have decided that seeking professional counseling is a great first approach.
I have also decided to tackle my very real fear of being assaulted, sexually or otherwise. Like most women I know I take my safety very seriously. I am by no means help up in my home in a panic, but it does often cross my mind how I would cope during an attack or defend myself. These two topics will be breached and I hope to get off on an encouraging start.
Ever wonder what goes on behind the doors of a therapy session? Stay tuned for the hash!
April is SAAM, or National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. In honor of this month I decided to participate in a women’s self-defense class and a walk/run in my area to support awareness and challenge my own phobias when it comes to sexual assault prevention. I am sorry to report that not only have I not been able to find a walk/run for this cause all month, I have also not come across any women’s specific self-defense classes that teach you the basics of physically protecting yourself against an attacker. There are several martial arts academies willing to fit you into their normal routines or take a group, but this is not what I was looking for.
The good news? I did find two upcoming races for other causes, and one self-defense potential.
The Junior League of Omaha High Heels Dash in May. The race supports the Junior League of Omaha’s child-minded community projects, as participants make their way towards the finish line in their favorite pair of high heels.
The Phi Beta Sigma Race Against Violence – 5K and 1 Mile Walk in June sponsored by the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. The family event is held to raise awareness and support efforts to stop both street and domestic violence in our community.
I have also contacted the closest regional director Dave Visin for a program called R.A.D or Rape Aggression Defense, in order to find out how to start one. This comprehensive program offers basic physical defense, aerosol and keychain defense classes.
Here are the links to both below:
1. Junior League of Omaha High Heel Dash
2. Phi Beta Sigma Race Against Violence – 5K and 1 Mile Walk
3. R.A.D or Rape Aggression Defense
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