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From Trauma to Triumph with Alreen Haeggquist

Trigger Warning: This week we are discussing a topic that can feel heavy for some. Our guest is Alreen Haeggquist and we are having a conversation around sexual abuse, assault, healing from trauma, and advocating for yourself and others. Alreen is a seasoned lawyer, author, and advocate on a mission to amplify voices and combat silence around abuse. As always, check in with yourself as this topic can be super triggering, so move through this as you need to🤍

In this episode…

  • Women feeling silenced 

  • Secrets 

  • Emotional triggers 

  • Gaslighting

  • Shame 

  • Women as sexual objects 

  • Belief 


“Keeping secrets is like drinking poison. It really poisons us from the inside out.” - Nikki Spo 

“Not staying silent and starting to let out all the trauma is how we can get out of that shameful mindset and stop the generational pattern of keeping it all in.” -Alreen Haeggquist

“I was really angry. Not about what happened to me, but angry that I had to deal with the messed up stuff and thoughts that I had to deal with this and that I have to clean it up.” - Alreen Haeggquist

“I want women to know you could talk about it and it actually is how you're going to get to the next step and live the life that you didn't think you were deserving of or didn't think you could have.” - Alreen Haeggquist

“It is so important to have people in your corner who believe you. I know what it's like to come out and not be believed, and it’s excruciating when you have to try to convince people you've been hurt. It's really such a horrible toxic place to be in.” - Nikki Spo 

“Sharing what happened to you with other people is healing in and of itself.” -  Alreen Haeggquist


0:00 - 2:15 | Intro

2:15 - 5:20 | Feeling silenced 

5:20 - 7:20 | Not keeping secrets 

7:20 - 12:15 | Listening to your body  

12:15 - 17:15 | Gaslighting 

17:15 - 23:21 | Silencing as the biggest form of gaslighting 

23:21 - 25:00 | Woman are under attack sexually 

25:00 - 27:35 | Identifying and not identifying as the victim 

27:35 - 29:40 | Helping women from a lawyers perspective 

29:40 - 32:30 | The importance of being believed  

32:30 - 39:55 | Steps to healing 

39:55 - 42:21 | Outro 

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