Chicago Tribune: Stop reading the Weinstein news. This and other self-care tips for sex abuse survivors

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From Chicago Tribune:

Women who have been sexually assaulted or harassed might realize a need for self-care this week, as personal stories of abuse emerge online.

Allegations of abusive actions by Harvey Weinstein have built throughout the past week, after The New York Times reported multiple sexual harassment settlements involving the movie mogul.

Reading such stories can be a trigger for women who have experienced abuse, said Joyce Marter, licensed psychotherapist and founder of Urban Balance, which has multiple therapy sites in the Chicago area.

“That can be re-traumatizing for somebody who is a survivor,” she said. “Seeing the social media feed can be triggering, and it can bring about previous symptoms of their trauma.” These can include difficulty concentrating or making decisions and anxiety.

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