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SOE250: When Shame Kills Us

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When Shame Kills Us

SOE250: When Shame Kills Us

Day 250 of 365 Snippets of Encouragement – A One Year Project conceived by Angela Barnard.

Noa Pothoven, a 17-year-old Dutch girl who was recently legally euthanised inspired this snippet.

Noa was a physically healthy teenager who found the pain of living too unbearable, and she applied for legal euthanasia. The downward spiral began for her when she was sexually assaulted at 11 years of age and then raped by two men at 14. She held this shame within and never spoke about it, falling further and further into depression, PTSD and developing anorexia. She said she was not living, merely surviving and the suffering of this existence was too much for her to bare.

Brené Brown says, “Shame corrodes the very part of us that believes we are capable of change.” Everything in life can be changed, but when we don’t address the shame in our lives, we can spiral out of control; this is when shame kills us. The torment of shameful experiences can lead us to believe that death is the only solution. This snippet encourages you to work on your healing.  Don’t be corroded by shame.


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