Journal Exercise

Write for Recovery, Exercises for heart, mind, and spirit by Diane Sherry Case

I bought this book on the recommendation of Francesca Lia Block, one of my favorite authors. Case tells us that “At least thirty studies on self-disclosure in the form of journal writing have shown that just twenty minutes a week of journaling improves health, both physical and psychological.” (Pg 12)

List your goals in terms of healing then write what your life would look like if these goals were met.



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If you need to talk to someone here are some resources:

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.

National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)  [24/7 hotline]
1-888-628-9454 (Spanish)
1-800-799-4889 (TTY)

1in6 Online Helpline: A helpline for Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse and Adult Sexual Assault [24/7, free, anonymous]

1in6 Online Support Groups: Support Groups for Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse and Adult Sexual Assault [free, anonymous]

National Child Abuse Hotline


This is a resource for Survivors. Those of us who were trafficked, exploited, harmed. Those of us who can’t afford the $1200 “Write Yourself Better” Workshops on Napa Vineyards. Those of us barely holding it together, who can’t take time off to find ourselves. Those of us for whom, because of the cost, need for childcare, distance- or whatever we face, we face alone and without resources.

As a Survivor, allow me to say- It Wasn’t Your Fault.
As a Survivor, allow me to also say- I live from it and am not always thrilled with the choices I make from this battered soul.

Our society (I am writing from America) expects us to bounce back from everything-now. Rape, Incest, Abuse. Where’s the 12 Step for Trafficked Souls? I’ve looked. It’s nowhere.

Venom and Honey will be a place with free or affordable therapies that you can mostly manage yourself. I am not a psychiatrist, I am not a therapist. I AM a Survivor of years of sexual trauma, who has navigated therapy, women’s groups for survivors, and retreats when I could afford them.

Be aware, that Venom and Honey is witchy and will get ceremonial at times. If your particular brand of abuse was religious or ceremonial, it may not be the place for you.

Looking around for treatments for my latest upswelling of bullshit from my trauma, I realized just how much of this is out of the hands of the average person. I realized that even taking advantage of some of these services would leave people vulnerable to job loss, having their kids taken away, or any other number of cruelties.

What you’ll find here is a growing resource for cheap to free modalities you can use to help yourself heal from trauma and abuse, because the only thing we can count on is ourselves.