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Apr. 1, 2021
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month: an event intended to create space for survivors’ voices, shed light on the insidious nature of sexual violence and amplify calls to action. But this month-long focus on sexual assault can be painful for survivors.
“We have all these events and opportunities to dialogue and create awareness…
It is my default emotion. I go here first in most scenarios. In my first couple years of sobriety, a long time ago, I went to a psychic reader at a friend’s house. I was miserable having just ended another epic failure of a relationship and mad about why I could not sustain love in my life…
It’s one of those perfect days when the sun is casting its brilliance and holding court in a crystal-blue sky.
The last hold of winter evaporates on my deck as spring is declaring its rightful, albeit late, place on the calendar.
It’s May, and it has been a long and strange transition from season to season. I am venturing out for my weekly grocery run.
I roll down the windows as Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin'” comes on the radio. I turn it up and embrace that amazing feeling of driving with the windows down for the first time in months, cool air on my face and all the promises of warm weather…
This post first appeared on Caron.org and was written as a guest writer in their blog for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Trauma and Post-Traumatic Growth
I am a rape survivor. I was 12 years old when I was first raped, an experience that shattered everything I thought I knew. Neither my parents nor I knew how to cope…
Blackout GirlA Documentary Film based on the Memoir by Jennifer Stormby Sylvia Caminer, Tracy Schott, and Jennifer Storm
Shining a light on dark secrets reveals the path to recovery.
A 12-year old girl is raped during an alcohol-induced blackout, beginning a ten-year journey into darkness. Jennifer Storm’s story teaches us important lessons about the role of trauma in addiction and illuminates a new pathway to recovery…
Jennifer Storm, author of Blackout Girl, started out life as a happy gregarious child, until she was the victim of a violent sexual assault. She numbed the pain with alcohol, eventually leading her to become a crack addict by the age of 17 because she didn’t have the tools to handle the trauma she had endured…
Today Jennifer Storm, Danielle Hall Count and DolGer Films announce an option deal to produce a film based on the screenplay adaptation of the memoir, Blackout Girl: Growing Up and Drying Out in America, published in 2008 by Hazelden Publishing. Jennifer Storm and Danielle Hall Count co-wrote the screenplay adaptation of the award winning memoir…
I’ve been there. In that dark place that no one likes to talk about socially. The pit of emotional hell that feels impossible to crawl out of. I struggled with addiction and depression, which for me went hand-hand, for over a decade. I’ve sat with a shotgun in my mouth and finger on the trigger. I’ve swallowed a bottle of pills with a bottle of peach schnapps hoping to end the pain I was feeling only to have my stomach pumped…