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In following our clients’ journeys and monitoring treatment to ensure that they are receiving the proper support, we at Amudim often have the added bonus of sharing in their successes.
Here is the story of Sarah*, happily married now with three children, who came to us at a very dark and tragic time in her young life.
At the age of 26, Sarah called Amudim, desperate for support and guidance after having been raped by a family friend several weeks earlier. She was struggling with dissociation, numb and experiencing her life as a movie where she felt nothing. She stayed home all day, panicked and anxious at the thought of going out, and fearful of how she would ever date or lead a normal life.
Our case manager immediately connected Sarah with the appropriate therapeutic support, and guided her through learning coping and grounding skills to deal with the acute crisis. We then began the daunting process of advising Sarah through the legalities of reporting her attacker to the authorities; once she was able to think clearly, Sarah was firm in her assertion that he should never be allowed to damage anyone else’s life.
Our case manager maintained consistent contact throughout Sarah’s treatment…fast forward 18 months later, and we were overjoyed to receive the news of Sarah’s engagement. She and our case manager kept in touch, and the news of her wedding and eventual births of her children allowed us to see Sarah come full circle. And when her case was successfully prosecuted, we shared the joy of knowing that she could finally achieve lasting peace and leave that terrible time in her life behind.
Amudim is here with resources and guidance for anyone in crisis; and we know that supporting individuals in navigating the legal system and seeking justice is as important as ensuring their mental health needs. They are two essential sides of the same coin. If your or anyone you know needs our help, please never hesitate to pick up the phone and call us.