THE JOURNEY OF MY LIFE
TOLD THROUGH THE THEME OF RAPE
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.
Marcia and Irene
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
Marcia Jacobs, MSW, (Registered Social Worker), is an internationally esteemed trauma trainer and consultant. In addition, she has a private psychotherapy practice in Vancouver, Canada. She received a BA from Cornell University in 1966, and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Buffalo (SUNY) in 1969. Marcia’s commitment in all of her work is that love and compassion vanquish fear, anger, and shame.
In her five decades as a psychotherapist, Marcia has supported individuals and couples in freeing themselves from a painful past and transforming their lives. She works with clients on a broad range of issues including intimacy, communication, and self-esteem. She specializes in the areas of rape, incest, and trauma.
As a trauma trainer and consultant, Marcia has been employed in multiple capacities, both internationally and in North America. These include UN agencies, humanitarian aid organizations, community mental health centres, and hospitals. Marcia has created on-going programs for survivors of highly traumatic and violent conditions in conflict and war zones. In addition, she trains and supports humanitarian aid workers, with special expertise in mentoring and training staff to support survivors of gender-based violence.
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.
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.
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.
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.