National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse

National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse

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NAASCA Highlights
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EDITOR'S NOTE: Here we present a few recent stories and feature articles from a variety of sources that are related to the kinds of issues we cover on our web site and mission. They represent a small percentage of the information available to us, the public, as we fight to provide meaningful recovery services and help for those who suffered child abuse. We'll add to and update these pages regularly, bringing you just a few of the articles and resources available on the web site.
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photo by Penelope Benis, Cougar Mountain Red Town Trail   Healing from Abuse

How Outdoor Exercise Can Energize and Awaken Our Minds, Lift Our Spirits, Enhance Our Cognitive Performance, and Help Alleviate Depression

by Penelope Benis - Prepared for NAASCA

January 10, 2020

Originally from Menlo Park, California, I now reside in Bellevue, WA. I am a former victim of child sexual abuse. I was born into multi-generational abuse, and survived extreme domestic violence within my family of origin.

When I was 12 years old, I started to exercise outdoors daily. Every day I would leave the house and take a long walk through the beautiful neighborhoods in Menlo Park and Atherton, California. Upon my return home I would always feel calmer, happier, and more focused on my homework. In the context of healing from trauma and abuse, I wondered if outdoor exercise can energize and awaken our minds, lift our spirits, enhance our cognitive performance, and help alleviate depression.

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HOME PAGE
programs / projects
RECOVERY
together we can heal
RESOURCES
help stop child abuse
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CONTACT
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