Welcome to The Healing Now™ Campaign

Raising awareness of the life-altering medical consequences of sexual violence, sexual harassment and institutional betrayal. 

Sexual violence, including threatening or aggressive forms of sexual harassment, is one of the most traumatic and humiliating experiences any woman can face. In addition to profoundly violating a victim’s dignity and fundamental human rights, it can produce a wide-range of detrimental emotional and physical health outcomes.  Some can last for years, even decades.  Some can be life-ending.

 

HealingNow™ works with scholars, sexual violence experts and others to raise awareness by healthcare professionals, policy makers, public authorities, the media and victims themselves of the emotional and physical health risks associated with sexual violence and sexual harassment. Our particular focus is on the harm associated with defective and ill-informed post-trauma responses and the need to combat the damage caused by institutional betrayal. It represents a timely collaboration between the knowledge-based learning of the The ZeroNow Campaign™ and The Center for Patient Protection™.

When all the players who interact with victims become more fully aware of the significant emotional and physical health risks presented by sexual violence and related abuses, they will, out of self-interest, stakeholder pressure or genuine compassion, take greater care to avoid inflicting more harm.

The mission of HealingNow™ is to empower and promote victim healing.  We do this by making victims (and their families and friends) more aware of the complex web of emotional and medical issues that can confront them as they journey through this life-altering ordeal.  We also work to make healthcare professionals more alert to the sequelae of consequential emotional, psychological and medical conditions that victims may be struggling with, but are frequently ill at ease fully presenting and candidly discussing in the absence of a clinical comfort level delivered by knowledgeable, compassionate and sensitive medical professionals. It is important that primary care physicians begin to acquaint themselves with the growing knowledge base of trauma-informed practices and screen patients for possible sexual violence in the same way healthcare practices screen for smoking and other high-risk behaviour.

Our campaign is based on the belief that when all the players who interact with victims become more fully aware of the significant emotional and physical health risks presented by sexual violence and related abuses, they will, out of self-interest, stakeholder pressure or genuine compassion, take greater care to avoid inflicting more harm.  We also think when everyone is apprised of the dangers that bad actors and enablers of institutional betrayal can cause when victims come forward, public opprobrium will act as a strong deterrent to such malicious conduct.

The healing principles that guide our campaign are captured with these timeless virtues: listen, believe, respect, support and care

These are the attributes that victims say are so important to them and which are often missing in today’s hobbled sexual violence paradigm.  

If you are a policy maker, healthcare professional or a caring individual who just wants to help make the world better for all our daughters, sisters and wives, please contact me directly.

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When Toxic Work Culture Adds to the Trauma of Sexual Misconduct

Stop Sexual Misconduct from Being Fatal

Sexual assault and harassment linked to long-term health problems for women

 

Watch for our long-form essay on the health risks of sexual violence in Medium.

About The ZeroNow Campaign™

The ZeroNow Campaign™ works to combat the conditions that lead to sexual violence and sexual harassment.  We champion legislation, policy changes and initiatives to make the workplace, the community and the campus safer, reduce the harm caused by institutional betrayal, and we interact directly with victims in supporting their journey to heal.

 

 

About The Center for Patient Protection™

The Center for Patient Protection™ works to improve patient safety and reduce medical harms in the hospital setting.  We advocate for greater transparency to empower patients and families in their decisions, champion healing virtues like compassion and respect at all levels of care, and use patient experiences to assist providers in the delivery of safer outcomes.  The HealingNow™ campaign is part of The Center’s Women’s Health Initiative, which focuses on the unique healthcare needs of women, particularly as they relate to ageism, caregiving, sexual violence and the sexual abuse of patients by healthcare practitioners.