People who've survived sexual harassment and assault may be finding the current news cycle, with its litany of harassment allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, seriously difficult to deal with. The issue seems inescapable, particularly as women are coming forward daily with more stories of Weinstein's misconduct: After initial articles in the New York Times and New Yorker quoted Ashley Judd and a host of other women, more famous women have added their voices to the conversation. If you're finding this news triggering, upsetting, or overwhelming, you aren't alone. There are many ways to use self-care to manage your mental health as the news cycle surrounding Weinstein continues.
Unfortunately, many survivors are learning how to deal with the media's reporting of harassment through repeated experience. Reporting around the 2016 election, particularly the allegations of sexual harassment involving Donald Trump, was deeply difficult for an audience struggling with a history of sexual harassment or assault, and this episode may seem like horrendous deja vu. “If you look at the current news cycle," trauma psychologist Dr. Debra Kaysen told Fast Company during the 2016 campaign, "it’s almost impossible to avoid very graphic reminders of the experiences that women and men survivors have had. Those are pretty intense reminders.” It isn't at all "weak" to respond strongly to events in the news that bear a strong resemblance to your own traumatic experiences. Here are some expert-recommended ways to cope.