The hashtag #whyididntreport is trending due to the fact that Dr Christine Blasey Ford revealed that she had been assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kannaugh while they were in high school in the early 80's. Dr Ford went into hiding because of the intense level of vitriol she faced for revealing the profundity of her trauma all these years later.. Interestingly, Dr Ford is a psychologist who does a lot of work around trauma. While doing research for our film "All The Rage" we came across a flood of studies that connect sexual assault to lasting and profound physical and mental health problems related to this kind of trauma.
While making the movie we filmed this scene with Victoria Bruce who has had migraines ever since she was a young girl. When she turned eighteen, she moved to California and it was there that she was attacked in her own home one night. The intruder raped her and took some of her valuables. While she reported the incident to police, she only told her mother that her apartment was robbed because she didn't want to upset her mother. She told herself that it wasn't that bad because, while the attacker had held a knife to her throat, he hadn't stabbed her. She considered herself "lucky". Many years later, after she had become a successful writer, filmmaker and mother, she found herself totally incapacitated by a series of migraines for over a month. Her father had to fly in to take care of her because she couldn't do anything to take care of herself. A friend of hers sent her an audio copy of Dr John Sarno's book "The Divided Mind," and it resonated deeply with her. While she could see the connection between her headaches and her tendency to repress her emotions so profoundly that she wasn't even aware that she was doing it, she still wasn't able to relieve the symptoms with this knowledge alone. Her friend then sent her Dr. Howard Schubiner's mind body work book "Unlearn Your Pain." The simple prompts for journaling led to an explosion of emotion, and the relief of her pain. Here she speaks with Dr. Schubiner about her experience.
This scene did not make it into our film about Dr. Sarno, but we wanted to share it here to further the conversation about both the profound and lasting affect of trauma as it goes untreated, and the cultural and social forces that keep women from speaking up- which in turn makes it possible for the cycles of repression and pain to continue.
You can view the film at allthereagedoc.com