Dr Nina Burrowes is a chartered psychologist and researcher based in London. Her job is to help people understand people. She specialises in rape and sexual assault and has carried out research with offenders, victims, prosecutors, and the public. She works on behalf of the government, charities, the film and television industry, and the private sector. Nina is writing a book series which explores the most challenging aspects of being human. Read her first illustrated book, On Being Me, on her website.
Let’s learn about courage from the most courageous people we can find. The bravest people I’ve ever met are a group of women who’ve experienced rape and sexual abuse. These women had experienced extreme vulnerability but had made the decision to rebuild their lives—a truly courageous choice. Life had given these women little reason to trust others, and yet they were daring to make new friendships. Life had given these women little reason to be hopeful, and yet they were daring to hope. These women are my vulnerability heroes. They are daring to choose to live the life they want for themselves, despite how scary that feels.
In my presentation I’ll share their story of courage with you, and together we’ll learn how understanding their story can help us to understand our own relationship with vulnerability and courage, and how we can choose to be brave. You’ll learn:
Note: Although Nina’s presentation is inspired by survivors of rape and sexual abuse, she won’t discuss details about rape and sexual abuse in the presentation.
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