SAPAC Reflections

The recent escalation of violence that the world is witnessing in Israel/Palestine is profound and harrowing. The complexity of the conflict that has been and continues to occur within the region is more nuanced than a single post could ever capture or speak to. What is readily apparent is the profound impact of violence, trauma, and human suffering that is being experienced by all people within the region, whether they be Palestinians, Israelis, or individuals who do not identify within either community. Central to SAPAC’s work are the values of non-violence, social justice, and survivor empowerment. We embrace these values because SAPAC recognizes the history of violence across our societies and the profoundly harmful ripple effects those acts of violence can cause across lifetimes and generations. Survivors of trauma are the experts of their own experience and deserve immediate and equitable access to the support they need due to the individualized impact trauma can cause to their lives. Within the communities of Israel and the Gaza Strip, the realities of violence and trauma are being acutely experienced now. And, like is true in all conflicts, the young, the old, and the vulnerable will experience a disproportionate level of impact and trauma when compared to any other group. Similarly, we know that there has been an increase in instances of gender-based and sexual violence within the region, and it is possible that there will continue to be an escalation in these forms of violence for years to come. SAPAC seeks to provide a community of support and safety for all survivors of trauma. It is also very common for individuals who have experienced harm to have their own trauma triggered when they witness depictions of real world violence. If you or someone you care about is experiencing difficulty please know SAPAC is available to provide both direct support and provide connection to other useful resources. Please use our public intake form to schedule an appointment with a SAPAC Advocate or call SAPAC’s 24-hour support line at (734) 936-3333 to access immediate support.

For Survivors By Survivors

In March 2018, SAPAC created and shared a survey as a part of a project entitled For Survivors by Survivors: A Healing Resource Co-Creation. The anonymous survey was an opportunity for survivors to share what materials have been helpful in their healing process; these are the results. In here, you will find books, poetry, songs, movies and shows that survivors have found helpful as a part of their healing process. If you are a survivor, this resource is for you. Not all of these answers will speak to you, but some may.