A Rape Survivor Learns an Important Strategy for Healing from His Trauma

Season 4 Episode 414
Aired on 10/14/2017 | CC tv-14
Eugene, 35, has been struggling to cope with his past experiences of being raped—first at age 12 by one of his schoolteachers, then again as an adult while serving in the Marine Corps. At this point in the healing process, Iyanla feels Eugene would benefit from speaking with a clinical psychologist about his military sexual trauma (MST). So, Dr. Marcus Hummings sits down with Eugene to help guide him toward the healing he so desperately needs.

After Eugene details his MST and how the violation "shattered" him—"That made me crazy," he tells the therapist—Dr. Hummings suggests a strategy that he believes to be crucial in enabling Eugene to move forward.

"I want you to replace the word 'crazy' with 'traumatized,'" Dr. Hummings says. "I see you holding so much in, man. If you don't let that pain out, man, you will not change the way that you feel. That is the path to finally move in a different direction."

If you are struggling or need help, visit RAINN's National Sexual Assault Online Hotline or the National Sexual Violence Resource Center's website.

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