Survivor Stories from a Creative Arts Boxing and Writing Project
LEFT / WRITE // HOOK shows that sexual abuse survivors are everywhere, that trauma lives in the body, and it needs to be expressed.
"By no choice of their own, survivors of childhood sexual abuse spend the entirety of their lives 'in the ring', fighting. Left / Write // Hook offers visceral insight into survivors' fierce, compelling and ultimately triumphant stories" --. Dr Joy Townsend, Learning Consent
"Donna Lyon has the ability to get women to open up and reveal all, and in the process begin the journey to healing. Boxing is a violent sport, but projects like Left / Write // Hook take the violence out of it, so that it becomes therapeutic and gives you power". --Tommy Hopkins, Fitlife Boxing Club, Melbourne Australia.
Fueled with the voices and lived experiences of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, whose lives and work have been positively impacted by the combination of writing and boxing, readers will experience:
a profound understanding of the complexity and depth of trauma through the lived experiences of survivors
insights into the tenacious long-term impacts of abuse and trauma on the mind, body, and spirit
personalised and collective accounts of how trauma manifests in the experiences of survivors and their sense of self
hope and courage as to the resilience and strength of survivors who live with the daily effects of their trauma
new insight into how the combination of physical, mental, and creative programs of expression are vital to healing
dozens of powerful writing prompts that unearth hidden feelings, thoughts, and beliefs to recover your true self.