Exposure to and the experience of trauma has been a part of the human condition since we evolved as a species. We are all impacted by cyclical acts of violence. However, there continues to be a paralysis in the conversation following human trauma. The recent national dialogue surrounding trauma, especially sexual violence, has proven that as a society and culture, many simply don’t understand or know how to talk about the aftermath of trauma…without shaming, blaming, invalidating, or placing the survivor on trial
Trauma, in its many forms, is more than a singular event, but a force that firmly roots itself and can unravel many layers in a survivor’s life. The aftermath of trauma can be more devastating and debilitating than the trauma itself. Trauma does not remain still and moves with force and has the powerful capacity to reshape who we are, view of self and others, roles, relationships, the ability to cope, the ability to parent, and how we navigate through the world.
HEY TRAUMA, THE DAY WE MET is an anonymous postcard project that allows survivors, as well those impacted by vicarious/secondary trauma (family, friends, or partners of survivors), to step out of the shadows of silence and give voice to how their lives changed….THE DAY THEY MET TRAUMA.