Dawn and Joyelle are both mothers and survivors of childhood trauma. Discouraged by their exhaustive search to find support for mothers and fathers who are struggling with the ripple effects of abuse as they raise their children, they decided to create their own resource. Dawn and Joyelle are co-editing a first of its kind anthology called Trigger Points: Abuse Survivors Experiences of Parenting.
The anthology will include a collection of essays and poems, written by mothers and fathers who are survivors of sexual, physical and/or emotional abuse. The decision to focus on the triggers parenting survivors experience was born out of the realization that triggers are a window into the parts of us that need attention in order to continue the healing process. What we do for and with our children can cause us to be triggered. The reels in our heads will never stop if we never choose to investigate the connection between what is triggering us and what we are feeling.
Dawn and Joyelle have created a supportive Facebook community for parenting survivors, and hope that you will join them. This is a space to feel less alone, encouraged, empowered, ask questions, tell your stories and to learn from other parenting survivors.
The anthology is due to be released in November 2015.