THE JOURNEY OF MY LIFE
TOLD THROUGH THE THEME OF RAPE

rapeinterrupted

A Memoir Blog by Marcia Jacobs

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I INVITE YOU TO WALK BESIDE ME
ON A JOURNEY  

- the journey of my life, told through the theme of rape on my blog - rapeinterrupted.com.

It fills my heart that you are here with me.  For everyone, but particularly if you are a survivor of rape/incest/sexual assault, this is not an easy subject to enter. But they say nothing worth doing is easy.  

For me, the telling of this story hasn’t come easily.

2 women in Zagreb, Croatia in 1993. Marcia Jacobs stands on the left with friend Irene on the right. UN trucks line the streets.
Marcia and Irene
Zagreb, Croatia
1993 

Why "rapeinterrupted?"

RAPE INTERRUPTS

It takes from us our sense of safety – in our families, in our beds, in the world, in our lives

It leaves behind a fear, a hurt, a hiding, a self-blame, a sense we are damaged goods

It leaves us living in secrecy, trembling, alone

Until we rise up together – stand strong, fierce and as one

 

LET’S INTERRUPT IT ALL

No more rape with impunity

No more blame the victim

No more rape as a systematic weapon of war

No more rape as s systemic arm of misogyny

No more rape as a rejection of our bodies and sexuality

No more rape as a badge of conquest for the rapist

No more rape abetted by law enforcement

No more to the entirety of rape culture and all the cultural institutions which reinforce it

 

CREATING A TRANSFORMED WORLD

Where our bodies are our own

Where our beauty belongs to us, is our strength, our softness and our love

Is for us, and not for them

Where children are protected

Where women walk tall without fear

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Marcia Jacobs psychotherapist, trauma trainer and consultant sitting on a porch in Vancouver, BC North America

1993 - 2002 
Marcia worked in the former Yugoslavia as a Social Services Officer for the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), Psychosocial Project Advisor at UNICEF, and Mental Health Advisor for The International Rescue Committee. She was also employed as a Mental Health Consultant and Trainer at the World Health Organization. 

2002 - 2005 
Served as a Witness Support Officer at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, in the Sarajevo Field Office.

2007 - 2008
Supported staff and trauma programs in Darfur, Sudan and Kabul, Afghanistan.

2017
Marcia assisted CANADEM, an international clearing house for Canadian Humanitarian Aid Workers in designing a Duty to Care protocol as regards to sexual assault. As part of this program, she trained four staff members in a trauma informed response to their colleagues in the field.

2006
Employed as a Staff Support Counsellor for the Palliative Care and Hospice Units at St. Paul's Hospital, where she also designed training programs for health care workers in Canada and the United States in the areas of domestic and workplace violence.

1999 - 2000
Worked as a clinical supervisor at AIDS Vancouver.

1981 - present
Marcia has had a private psychotherapy 
practice counselling individuals, couples, and groups.

1976 - 1981
Worked as a staff therapist at the Whatcom Counselling and Psychiatric Clinic in Washington State.

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My heart calls me more and more
to continue my work, both in my own community & 
internationally.

My stand is that individuals, families,
and communities thrive, and I see no

element more crucial to this than deep, intimate connection. My commitment is to a world where no one is alone in their suffering.

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