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1 Becca C. Johnson, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist Serving the Sexually Abused & Exploited Engedi Refuge - Royal Family KIDS - Agape International Mission BECCA C. JOHNSON, PH.D.

2 ABOUT PRESENTER BECCA C. JOHNSON, PH.D.

3 JOHNSON FAMILY BECCA C. JOHNSON, PH.D.

4 Royal Family Kids BECCA C. JOHNSON, PH.D.

5 GOALS AWARENESS  Increase AWARENESS EMPATHY  Encourage EMPATHY ACTION  Inspire to ACTION BECCA C. JOHNSON, PH.D.

6 NO STRINGS ATTACHED An activity demonstrating the many broken relationships (and traumas) experienced by victims BECCA C. JOHNSON, PH.D.

7 LIST:  The TRAUMAS  The FEELINGS  The THOUGHTS & BELIEFS BECCA C. JOHNSON, PH.D.

8 DO YOU KNOW HER (HIM)? BECCA C. JOHNSON, PH.D. She’s been abused or is very desperate. She’s been blamed & shamed. She’s been rejected, neglected. She’s been deceived, coerced, assaulted, manipulated, raped &/or sold. She’s been told lies and forced to do despicable things. She’s a VICTIM!

9 DO YOU KNOW HER? BECCA C. JOHNSON, PH.D. She’s your neighbor, niece, daughter or son’s friend,… She should be studying in school. She’s desperate for: ➜ LOVE ➜ FAMILY & BELONGING She’s young and immature, and doesn’t know what love is or what a healthy relationship looks like… She’s in your program.

10 DISCOUNT HIERARCHY BY PEG FLANDREAU WEST, 1989  Existence There is NO PROBLEM.  Significance There is a PROBLEM but it’s NOT a BIG ONE.  Solvability There is a problem, it is big BUT, it CANNOT be SOLVED.  Self There is a problem, it is big and it can be solved BUT NOT BY ME. WHERE are you? BECCA C. JOHNSON, PH.D.

11 THERE IS A PROBLEM, IT IS BIG AND I CAN HELP SOLVE IT! BECCA C. JOHNSON, PH.D.

12 HOW I GOT INVOLVED… BECCA C. JOHNSON, PH.D.

13 STATISTICS: HUMAN TRAFFICKING Top 3 Criminal Activities worldwide = 1. Weapon/Arms sale 2. Drug sales 3. Human Trafficking Estimated 27 million people enslaved worldwide: 80% women and children

14 TYPES OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING Labor Trafficking Foreign Adult or Minor Domestic Adult or Minor Marriage/Adoption: sex &/or labor Bonded/Debt Servant Sex Trafficking Foreign Adult or Minor Domestic Adult or Minor Marriage/Adopti on – sex &/or labor Other Trafficking Child Soldiers Involuntary Organ Donor Drug Mule

15  Fatherlessness  Broken families  Abandonment  Homelessness  Gang violence  Gender oppression  Pornography  Poverty  Drug Involvement  Exploitation  Lost childhood  Child neglect/abuse  Education problems  Lack of hope  ________________ YOUTH CHALLENGES - TRAUMAS BECCA C. JOHNSON, PH.D.

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17 LOSSES: “Normal” Belonging Boundaries Communication skills Confidence Contentment Control Dignity Dreams Education Enjoyment Faith Family Friends Future Healthy relationships Hope Identity Innocence Material possessions Meaning Morality Motivation Nurturing Respect Safety Security Sense of self Stability Support Treasures Trust Virginity BECCA C. JOHNSON, PH.D.

18 WHY ARE EMOTIONALLY HEALING PROGRAMS IMPORTANT? UNDERSTANDING TRAUMA Traumatic experiences can be dehumanizing, shocking or terrifying… and often include betrayal of a trusted person or institution and a loss of safety…. [Trauma is a] psychologically wounding experience that induces powerlessness, fear, recurrent hopelessness and a constant state of alert. (National Center on Trauma-Informed Care) BECCA C. JOHNSON, PH.D.

19 UNDERSTANDING TRAUMA BECCA C. JOHNSON, PH.D.

20 TRAUMA EVENTS CONTINUUM BECCA C. JOHNSON, PH.D. (BCJohnson, 2011) One ’ s trauma reactions depend on a variety of factors including age, gender, life experiences, culture, religious beliefs, support system, and more. Individuals experience trauma in different ways and degrees regardless of where it falls on the continuum. Trauma reactions are generally more severe as one moves up the arrow, with trauma symptoms becoming more pronounced and recovery services and support requiring more time. (This diagram focuses on trauma events rather than individual trauma experiences such as divorce, death of a loved one, medical procedures…)

21 TRAUMA CONTINUUM BCJOHNSON, 2011 ONE PERSON – ONE EVENT (NOT PERSON TO PERSON) BECCA C. JOHNSON, PH.D.

22 TRAUMA CONTINUUM BCJOHNSON, 2011 ONE PERSON – ONE EVENT (PERSON TO PERSON) BECCA C. JOHNSON, PH.D.

23 TRAUMA CONTINUUM BCJOHNSON, 2011 ONE PERSON – MANY EXPERIENCES (PERSON TO PERSON) BECCA C. JOHNSON, PH.D.

24 TRAUMA CONTINUUM BCJOHNSON, 2011 ONE PERSON – MANY EXPERIENCES (PERSON TO PERSON) BECCA C. JOHNSON, PH.D.

25 COMPLEX TRAUMA’S INSTABILITY BECCA C. JOHNSON, PH.D. MULTIPLICITY INSTABILITY INABILITY (BCJohnson, 2011) Bumper cars and Team Stabilization

26  Complex trauma, that of multiple and/or prolonged traumatic events, results in emotional dysregulation, loss of safety and loss of the ability to detect or respond to danger cues. (Herman, 1992)  Victims suffering from complex trauma often experience depression, anxiety, self-hatred, dissociation, substance abuse, despair, and somatic ailments. They are also at higher risk for self-destructive and risk-taking behaviors, re-victimization, and experience difficulties with interpersonal and intimate relationships. (Courtois, 2004) BECCA C. JOHNSON, PH.D.

27 TRAUMA SYMPTOMS  Attachment—difficulties with relationships, boundaries, trust, affect attunement.  Biology—increased medical problems, somatization.  Affect or emotional regulation—difficulty identifying, expressing and/or controlling emotions.  Dissociation—alterations in states of consciousness, amnesia, depersonalization and de-realization.  Behavioral control—poor impulse control, eating and substance use problems, aggressive, oppositional, compliant, self- destructive.  Cognition—problems with perceptions, understanding, sustained attention.  Self-concept—low self-esteem, guilt and shame. (Cook, Blaustein, Spinazzola, & van der Kolk, 2003) BECCA C. JOHNSON, PH.D.

28 INNER VOICES A drama by Becca C. Johnson, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist Serving the Sexually Abused and Exploited BECCA C. JOHNSON, PH.D.

29 THE LIES OF TRAUMA: SEXUAL ABUSE AND EXPLOITATION Compiled by Becca C. Johnson, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist BECCA C. JOHNSON, PH.D.

30 LIESTRUTH BECCA C. JOHNSON, PH.D.

31 THE LIES  I’m worthless.  I’m a nobody.  I don’t deserve anything good.  I deserve this.  This is as good as it gets.  It’s my fault.  I can’t trust anyone.  No one will help nor can help.  No one cares.  I can’t do anything right.  I chose this life.  I can’t make good decisions.  I’ll never change.  God is impotent (can’t help).  God doesn’t care (won’t help).  God doesn’t exist.  Life won’t or can’t get any better.  He really does love me.  My feelings don’t matter.  Good things won’t happen to me.  I am to Blame. BECCA C. JOHNSON, PH.D.

32 THE LIES  I should have tried harder.  I should have known better.  I’ll never be good for anything.  All I’m good at/for is sex.  I must not let things bother me.  I must hide or ignore my feelings.  I‘ve got to take care of others.  I can’t trust myself.  Everyone thinks like he does (the abuser)  I am a bad person (worthless).  I’m so stupid.  People use and abuse me, even those who say they love or care about me.  I gotta be tough and not let things bother me.  Love hurts.  This is what I deserve.  It’s helpless (the situation).  I’m helpless.  I’m hopeless.  This is as good as it gets.  This IS my life. BECCA C. JOHNSON, PH.D.

33 THE LIES – CHALLENGING OUR BELIEFS  Self–worth?  Love – able?  Hope – less?  Help – less?  Blame & Shame!  Choice?  Abilities?  God’s goodness?  ‘Karma’ (bad)  Human kindness?  Effort?  Reality of LOVE?  Trust?  Feelings?  Nature of Human Relationships  Add to the list:  ___________________  ____________________ BECCA C. JOHNSON, PH.D.

34 VICTIM REALITY: COMMON FEELINGS FROM AN UNCOMMON EXPERIENCE ➡ Distrusting ➡ Dependent ➡ Dream-less ➡ Depressed ➡ Discouraged ➡ Devastated ➡ Dejected ➡ Damaged-goods ➡ Disregarded ➡ Demoralized ➡ Down-trodden ➡ Demeaned ➡ Disposable ➡ Dehumanized ➡ Defiled ➡ Devalued ➡ Deceived ➡ Dirty ➡ Desperate ➡ Disconnected ➡ Destroyed ➡ Detached ➡ Dumb ➡ Dead ➡ Dissociative ➡ Doubt-filled  (BCJohnson, 2012) BECCA C. JOHNSON, PH.D.

35 SOCIETY VS GOD PERSPECTIVES SocietyGOD rebelliousbeloved runawaysson/daughter trouble-makerprecious deviantspecial_______________________________________________________________ BECCA C. JOHNSON, PH.D.

36 STRENGTH-BASED APPROACH The RFK Mailbox Story

37 T.R.A.C., THIS is who you work with. BECCA C. JOHNSON, PH.D.

38 T.R.A.C., You intervene. You do prevention. You make a difference. BECCA C. JOHNSON, PH.D.

39 Becca C. Johnson, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist Serving the Sexually Abused & Exploited Engedi Refuge - Royal Family KIDS - Agape International Mission BECCA C. JOHNSON, PH.D.


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