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.
- Understanding sexual assault
- Defining consent
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 your personal triggers and to deepen your self-awareness as you begin the healing process.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Military resources
- Non-military resources
- All cited work within the program