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What is Building Hope & Resiliency: Addressing the Effects of Sexual Assault?

Building Hope & Resiliency: Addressing the Effects of Sexual Assault is a self-guided, online, educational program that seeks to help you begin to recover, heal and build resiliency after a sexual assault. Recognizing the impact that trauma can have, this program is part of a comprehensive effort to enhance resilience and improve readiness across the Total Force.

The program is designed to be completed at your pace and features definitions, helpful information about coping mechanisms, practical relaxation exercises, and links to resources and referrals for on-going support. Also included is a brief, optional self-assessment for you to gauge how effective your current coping strategies are and whether you may benefit from additional support and resources.

For more information on the background and development of this program, download the Information Paper.

What can I expect when participating in the program?

The program consists of five self-paced modules. You can decide when you want to access the program and how long you wish to spend on each module. The entire course will take approximately one hour to complete. In order to protect your anonymity, no personally identifiable information will be collected or stored. You can feel safe and secure accessing the program.

Module 1 - What Does Sexual Assault Look Like? (est. completion time 10-15 minutes)

Some individuals who have experienced sexual assault may have difficulty labeling what happened to them. This module provides examples and information of what sexual assault may look like to help you find language to describe your own story.

Topics include:

  • Understanding sexual assault
  • Defining consent
  • Resources

Module 2 - What Are the Effects of Sexual Assault? (est. completion time 15 minutes)

This module provides information that describes the body's response to trauma and explains different symptoms that you may experience. This information is intended to normalize and validate your experience, in order to help you develop a greater understanding of you personal triggers, and to deepen your self-awareness as you begin the healing process.

Topics include:

  • Potential responses to trauma
  • Emotional and physical symptoms a survivor may experience
  • Behavior changes that may occur after trauma
  • Triggers and how they can impact a survivor's healing process

Module 3 - How Can I Heal? (est. completion time 10 minutes)

Trauma can affect individuals in profound ways and sometimes, it can impact your relationships with others. This module highlights the characteristics of healthy relationships and equips you with tools to examine your personal boundaries within your own interpersonal interactions. The lesson also introduces realistic and practical coping mechanisms to help you gain control of your recovery. You also have the option to take a brief assessment to determine the effectiveness of your current coping strategies and whether you might benefit from additional support and resources.

Topics include:

  • Post-traumatic personal growth
  • Recognizing strengths and positive emotions
  • Coping strategies
  • Healthy relationships
  • Supportive resources and therapy

Module 4 - Relaxation Exercises (est. completion time 15 minutes)

This module provides examples of three relaxation exercises you can use if you feel triggered or overwhelmed in the moment. These exercises are just a few of many that are available. You can explore these and use them to determine what works best for you.

Topics include:

  • Body awareness
  • Muscle relaxation
  • Mindful breathing

Module 5 - Resources and References

This module provides you with both military and non-military related resources if you want to explore on-going support. This section also includes program content references if you found certain sections particularly helpful and want to learn more. The information provided is meant to help empower you to make the best choices for you and your recovery.

Topics include:

  • Military resources
  • Non-military resources
  • All cited work within the program

How do I access the program?

You can learn about and anonymously access the online program (opens in a new window) both on a computer and on a mobile device.

If you use the Safe Helpline app you can also access the online program directly through the app page titled Building Hope in the "Learn" section of the app. To learn more about the Safe Helpline app and how to download it to your mobile device visit https://safehelpline.org/about-mobile.

The program is compatible with all standard browsers and iOS and Android devices, including older versions of Internet Explorer.

Below are step-by-step instructions with screenshots for how to register and navigate to the program.

Step 1.

First you will be directed to safehelpline.rainntrain.org where you will then click "register here" on the right hand side of the page to create a new account.

Step 1 Creating a new account
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Step 2.

You will then be asked to provide a first and last name. We ask that you do not disclose or use any personally identifiable information, please use a pseudonym here to maintain anonymity and confidentiality. You will be asked to create a username and password of your choice. Once you enter your username and password, click "create account" at the bottom of the page. Once set, these credentials will allow you to start, stop, and return to any section of the program at any time.

Step 2 Filling out credentials
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Step 2 Filling out credentials
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Step 3.

After clicking "create account," you will then be directed to a "registration complete" page. Click "continue" to be forwarded to your account page.

Step 3 Confirming registration
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Step 4.

Click "Continue" and then "My Account" at the top of the page.

Step 4 Logging in with new account
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Step 5.

Once on the "My Account" page, click the "Enrolled" tab where Building Hope & Resiliency will be listed. By clicking "Go" in the bottom right hand corner, you will then begin the program.

Step 5 Beginning the program
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Step 6.

Once an account is created, you can easily come back and access the program as many times as you need on this website or by visiting the page on the app and signing in with your already created username and password.

Step 6 Accessing account again
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