New: Survivor Storytelling Workbook

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The NSN is thrilled to release our Survivor Storytelling Workbook, co-authored by Sabra Boyd and Chris Ash. In the anti-trafficking sector, it is often assumed that survivors will want to tell their trauma stories “for the greater good.” And in the movements to end sexual and partner violence, it is often assumed that professionals will not want to share their trauma stories publicly, or even their survivorship! But what does this mean for survivors? How does this impact the kinds of stories they feel obligated to tell, and their willingness to explore and assert their own boundaries?

This workbook offers practical guidance and considerations for survivors wanting to explore where their boundaries are around public storytelling, how to leverage their stories for impactful advocacy, and how to craft a compelling, survivor-developed story appropriate for each audience.

And did we mention worksheets? We have worksheets! Check it out! (Each listing below includes both a printable PDF version and a fillable Google Docs version for accessibility.)

View the full workbook: Survivor Storytelling Workbook for advocates with lived experience working in the many movements to end violence

View our video trainings:

Trauma-Informed Storytelling

Media Relations Training for Trafficking Survivors

Pitching and Publishing Op-Eds, Essays, and Articles

View one of our worksheets below:

Survivor Storytelling Safety and Privacy Checklist

Survivor Storytelling Worksheet for Evaluating a Single Engagement

Survivor Storytelling Crafting Story Arc Worksheet

Survivor Storytelling Story Structure Worksheet

View our research report, Whose story, whose benefit: Returning (to) the power of authentic storytelling

See what else is in our resource library here: Resource Library