Learn to recover from sexual trauma

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We are raising money for MAP Training My Brain™, which is a brain exercise program that helps women (and men) overcome the trauma of sexual harassment and violence.

The #metoo movement has awakened the world to the problems of sexual violence against women, a problem that has existed under the radar for far too long. The trauma associated with sexual/physical violence impacts the lives of millions of women and men in the US and billions worldwide.

Many wonderful organizations work to prevent and provide support for women after these traumatic experiences, such as RAINN and the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Others have stepped in to acquire justice for the victims. Less attention and resources are available for helping women learn how to overcome the thoughts and feelings about the trauma after it happens. Clinical interventions can be effective but they are often expensive, especially for those without health insurance. And they are time-consuming.

Ten years ago, Professor Tracey Shors developed the idea to combine mental and physical training (MAP Training). MAP Training My Brain™ is a scientifically-proven training program that combines meditation and aerobic exercise.  Doing this simple exercise a few times a week decreases depression, anxiety, ruminations, and traumatic thoughts (maptrainmybrain.com). MAP Training also increases self-worth and perceived quality of life -- not to mention enhancing brain activity and cognitive control. Moreover, the combination of mental and physical training is more effective than either activity on its own.

To date, we have provided MAP Training to over 200 people thanks to smaller funding sources (NARSAD, BHI). But we need funds to make MAP Training available outside of academia. We want to be able to provide MAP Training as a service for groups and/or individuals, either in person or online. We know we can do this and we know it will be work. MAP Training is relatively easy to learn and does not take much time or money.

Please support us as we move this program out of our lab and into your brain.

Our goal is to raise 60K by the end of 2018. We have already worked with the business community to develop a company which can provide MAP Training to others in the local community and beyond. We need funding to market the program, train and pay the instructors, and provide demonstration classes. These classes will be held at local gyms and fitness centers, as well as shelters, residential treatment centers and outpatient clinics.

We are organizing a large scale class for this September and will need several thousand dollars to make this happen.

We truly appreciate any support, even $1! Please share with friends and family. For our wonderful donors, we will be emailing updates on a regular basis, with any new classes or partnerships. Thank you!
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A very special shout-out to our FIRST donor: Roberto Gilli! We are truly grateful for your generosity and support!
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