Gender socialization and other social and cultural messages make it difficult for women and LGBTQIA+/non-binary people to claim our power, use our voices, and even avoid danger. When we’ve experienced harassment, abuse, or assault (as at least two-thirds[1] of advocates have), these messages (based in patriarchy and other systems of oppression) also can be barriers to healing. This can lead to reduced effectiveness and quality of services, as well as (re)traumatization and burnout among service providers.

In this workshop, you’ll learn new methods to help you: 

  • Defy societal messages telling you to be small or passive
  • Challenge shame and blame
  • Help you understand and honor your choices
  • Gain skills to value and advocate for yourself
  • Delve into how these barriers to self-advocacy and healing affect clients’ healing, and how healing and supporting yourself will help you a become more effective, resilient advocate
  • Every skill, exercise, and resource you’ll engage with in this workshop will provide new ways of approaching both prevention and intervention

Based on “Get Empowered: A Practical Guide to Thrive, Heal, and Embrace Your Confidence in a Sexist World” (Penguin Random House, October 2023), this workshop will use an anti-racist framework to help undo some of the harm patriarchy has done to all of us. This book is a powerful resource for facilitating individual and collective change, building capacity and strength for survivors and those who serve them.


Lauren Taylor

Area of Focus

Advocacy and Intervention for Survivors