The Sexual Assault Victim Empowerment (SAVE) Legal Network wasn't able to attend IVAT's (Institute on Violence Abuse and Trauma) 17th International Summit usually hosted in Hawaii but once it became virtual due to COVID-19, the team jumped at the great opportunity to participate. The nine member team attended a series of workshops to improve their work as victim advocates.
It has been a very stressful month and the sessions helped the team feel better about themselves and the work they are doing. As they struggle to represent culturally isolated victims of sexual assault and domestic violence remotely, this four day session gave them the opportunity to reflect on all the good work they are doing in the community.
Lessons learned from the workshop sessions included ways to minimize the effects of vicarious trauma, reconnecting with our life's purpose, and a renewed sense that we can and will get through this difficult time.
A quote shared at one of the sessions sums up what the team felt: "Life is a repeated cycle of getting lost and then finding yourself again. There are many smaller cycles within that cycle where you get lost to a smaller degree and then remember yourself again. Sometimes you do it to yourself again. Sometimes you do it to yourself on purpose, consciously. Every time you get lost it is so that you can learn something or experience something from a different perspective." - Jay Woodman.