Therapy in Movement Dance therapy for victims of trauma, assault, and abuse.

Dance Movement Therapy is used to recognize healthy connections with others during the healing process while being building aware of unhealthy attachments, and even in focusing on body image, and body positivity among many other areas. Dance is revolutionary in the field of artistic therapy through spacial awareness, and a deeper understanding of human connection, and interaction through movement. Since its inception in the 1960s, it has transformed the lives of many, and has come to include victims of abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking.

One organization leading the charge is The Joyful Heart Foundation. Founded by star of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit Mariska Hargitay, it has serviced over 13,500 healers, and survivors. Its inception was inspired by fans of Hargitay who told of their stories, and were grateful for being given a voice through the show. In addition to the therapies provided, its advocacy campaigns have aided in the inspection of 917 backlogged rape kits as well as providing educational opportunities on similar subjects.

Ballet Motion photography by Jan Masny

Another organization devoted to this cause is Kolkata Sanved located in West Bengal. The organization devotes its practice to healing victims of assault, abuse, and Human Sex Trafficking. The goal of this organization is to promote body positivity for those that feel shame from their bodies due to their circumstances. Founder Sohini Chakraborty's dance training, and education in sociology enabled her to see dance beyond the means of being an art form, and to being utilized for human emotional, mental, and physical healing.

According to RAINN there is an average of about 321,500 victims of sexual assault between the ages of 12 or older. 15% of assault victims are in the age range of 15%, 18-35 years of age is at 54%, 28% are in the age range of 34-64, and 3% are ages 65 and older. An estimated 1 in every 6 women experience events in the form sexual assault or rape. Sexual assault that is prevalent in both women as well as men, with 1 out of 10 cases of assault or rape involving men.

Advocacy is essential to providing a transformative approach to those who have been the victims of such physical violence. Click here for more

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