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"I'm a Survivor Not a Victim" | #metoo | Ashna Chopra | Voices In My Head | Podcast Episode 7

Yameer Adhar, host of Voices In My Head gets inside the head of humanitarian and fitness freak Ashna Chopra. She lives with her husband, two children and my favourite Lucie (a highly qualified goldendoodle) in New York. Ashna grew up in Delhi and went to the CJM School. She shares her story of how she is a survivor of sexual abuse as a child. She is part of the National Leadership Council for RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) which is the largest anti-sexual violence organization in the USA. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline. Over the last few years Ashna has run 2 marathons and raised over $20k for Cancer Research and another $20k for RAINN. She volunteers with Charities like NY cares and Make a wish foundation. Knitwear design is her passion. She currently works for a small sweater start up called Jed (www.jedofficial.com). The discussion on this episode of the podcast ranges from Sexual abuse, Trauma, #metoo movement to Anger, Child abuse prevention and a whole lot more. Despite her traumatic early years, Ashna has been able to create a beautiful and fulfilling life and is now giving back to society at large. This is highly exemplary to say the least. Speaking to her has helped me get a deep understanding and appreciation for trauma and to find the courage to continue to fight my own demons. Voices In My Head is a wellness podcast dedicated to mental and physical health that will teach anyone aspiring to improve themselves and learn the secrets to become happy and healthy! Find your ultimate state of wellbeing and become the BEST version of YOU! Books Mentioned on this episode: The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins It’s Not the Stork: A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families by Robie H. Harris RAINN - Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network https://www.rainn.org/ Read Ashna’s Story at RAINN’s Fundraiser Page https://fundraise.rainn.org/fundraiser/1322236 Contact Ashna Chopra: Instagram: @ash318 Email: ashnachopra1331@gmail.com Follow Yameer Adhar: Instagram: @yameeradhar Email: yameer@voicesinmyhead.in Website: https://www.voicesinmyhead.in SHOW NOTES: [8:50] Training for a marathon [15:58] How the trauma began [23:13] Identifying trauma [35:04] #metoo [42:55] "The Body Keeps Score" [1:01:38] Get the "right" therapist for you [1:03:55] Watch out for anger [1:12:12] Giving Back [1:13:24] Make Children Aware PLEASE SUPPORT THE PODCAST Through Patreon https://www.patreon.com/VIMH

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