Louise Godbold had recently come from a press conference at Harvey Weinstein’s criminal trial in New York and within 24 hours she’d be on a plane again going back there. But today Godbold, one of more than 90 women to come forward with claims against the disgraced movie mogul, is doing what she’s trained to: helping trauma survivors overcome the injuries that powerful abusive men like Weinstein so often leave in their wake. On a cloudy Tuesday morning in Los Angeles last month, in a classroom at the California Endowment building that opened on to a flowering courtyard, the 57-year-old Godbold is explaining why she prefers the word “activated” to “triggered”. “I’m always unsure whether to use that word ‘triggered’,” she told the 40-odd professionals gathered before her at clusters of white-clothed tables. “I’m trying to back away from it and use activated because triggered gives power to the trigger.” At the center of the tables are piles of mandala coloring pages alongside boxes of markers. Some attendees take notes on the projected images at the front of the classroom, others are coloring the pages in. Billed as an advanced exploration into different types of trauma and their effect on… Read full this story
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