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Man vs. Bear: On Surviving Sexual Assault and Trauma | Corinna Bellizzi & Tim Mousseau

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In this poignant and insightful episode of Care More, Be Better, host Corinna Bellizzi shares her personal story of survival for the first time. She then shares an interview with Tim Mousseau, a survivor of sexual violence turned speaker and advocate. They explore the complexities of sexual violence, harassment, and the essential steps needed to create safer environments in both personal and professional settings. Tim shares his powerful story, offering guidance on how to support survivors, set boundaries, and foster empathetic curiosity to cultivate safer, more inclusive cultures.

Show Notes with Time Stamps:

[00:00:00] **Introduction and Context**
– Corinna discusses a trending question from TikTok: “If you were alone in the woods, would you rather encounter a man or a bear?”
– She shares her own harrowing experience of abuse and the profound impact it had on her life. Emphasizes the importance of speaking out to raise awareness and support others.
[00:07:52] ** Introducing Tim Mousseau**
[00:11:20] **Tim Mousseau’s Story**
– Tim recounts receiving anonymous letters and photos of his assault, triggering his journey of dealing with trauma and seeking support.
– The significant challenges he faced with the police and his employer’s response. – The transformative power of therapy and support groups in his healing process.
– His decision to speak publicly about his experience to reclaim control and empower others.
[00:17:20] **Understanding and Supporting Survivors**
– The importance of empathy and not victim-blaming or shaming.
– How to support someone who comes forward with their story: creating safe spaces, offering resources, and respecting their autonomy.
– The significance of documentation and the challenges with the legal system.
[00:23:26] **Creating Safer Work Environments**
– Redefining workplace policies to be more comprehensive and supportive of employees.
– Importance of clear reporting channels and proactive measures to address harassment and violence.
– The role of managers in fostering a culture of safety and respect.
[00:32:55] **Boundaries and Empathetic Curiosity**
– The importance of understanding and respecting personal boundaries.
– Strategies for setting and communicating boundaries in both personal and professional contexts.
– Encouraging organizations to model and respect boundaries to create inclusive environments.
[00:39:42] **Workplace Dating and Consent**
[00:45:17] **Educational Resources and Tools**

– Recommended resources for parents, educators, and organizations to teach consent and support survivors. – The role of media literacy in understanding and addressing issues related to sexual violence.
[00:54:53] **Empowerment through Empathy**
– The power of empathetic curiosity in building safer communities.
– Fostering environments where individuals feel cared for and respected.
[00:57:26] **Call to Action**

Final Thoughts:

This episode emphasizes the critical importance of speaking out, supporting survivors, and fostering empathetic and safe environments. Tim Mousseau’s journey offers valuable insights and practical advice for individuals and organizations alike, highlighting the transformative power of empathy and respect.

Call to Action:

– Share this episode to raise awareness and support for survivors of sexual violence.
– Subscribe to the Care More Be Better podcast and leave a review.
– Visit the show notes for additional resources and information on how to get involved in creating safer, more inclusive communities.


Podcast Summary & Blog:
Man vs. Bear: On Surviving Sexual Assault and Trauma | Corinna Bellizzi & Tim Mousseau

In this episode of Care More, Be Better, host Corinna Bellizzi interviews Tim Mousseau, a survivor of sexual violence who has transformed his traumatic experience into advocacy and education. They discuss the complexities of sexual violence and harassment, emphasizing the importance of empathy, support, and creating safer environments in both personal and professional settings. Tim shares his powerful story and offers insights on how to support survivors, set boundaries, and foster empathetic curiosity. They highlight the need for comprehensive workplace policies, clear reporting channels, and the role of

Creating Safer Environments: A Conversation with Tim Mousseau

In a powerful and emotional episode of Care More, Be Better, host Corinna Bellizzi delves into the critical topic of sexual violence and harassment with guest Tim Mousseau. Tim, a survivor of sexual violence, has turned his traumatic experience into a mission to educate and advocate for safer, more empathetic environments.

A Personal Journey of Resilience

Tim Mousseau’s story begins with a series of anonymous letters and photos of his assault, which shattered his sense of security and trust. Confronted with disbelief and inadequate support from the police and his employer, Tim found solace and strength through therapy and support groups. His decision to speak publicly about his experience marked a turning point in reclaiming control over his narrative and empowering others.

Supporting Survivors with Empathy and Respect

One of the key takeaways from the conversation is the importance of empathy and respect when supporting survivors. Tim emphasizes creating safe spaces, offering resources, and respecting survivors’ autonomy. He also highlights the significance of documentation and the challenges within the legal system. “It’s crucial to recommend medical attention and documentation without forcing any decisions, as survivors need to reclaim their power and control,” Tim advises.

Transforming Workplace Cultures

The discussion extends to workplace environments, where Tim advocates for comprehensive policies that go beyond mere compliance. Clear reporting channels, proactive measures to address harassment, and a culture of safety and respect are essential. Managers play a crucial role in fostering these environments, ensuring that employees feel valued and secure.

The Power of Boundaries and Empathetic Curiosity

Understanding and respecting personal boundaries is another critical aspect of creating safer environments. Tim shares strategies for setting and communicating boundaries in both personal and professional contexts. “Empathetic curiosity—truly listening and understanding the needs of those around us—can significantly improve relationships and create inclusive cultures,” he notes.

Educational Resources and Tools

Tim recommends several resources for parents, educators, and organizations to teach consent and support survivors. Notable mentions include the Joyful Heart Foundation, 1 in 6, RAINN, Know Your Title IX, and the Start Strong Program. Additionally, the book “Sexual Citizens” offers valuable insights from a landmark study on sex, power, and assault on campuses.

Empowerment Through Empathy

The episode underscores the transformative power of empathy and respect in building safer communities. By fostering environments where individuals feel cared for and respected, we can make significant strides toward eradicating sexual violence and harassment.

Call to Action

Listeners are encouraged to share this episode to raise awareness and support for survivors of sexual violence. Subscribe to the Care More, Be Better podcast, leave a review, and visit the show notes for additional resources and information on how to get involved in creating safer, more inclusive communities.

For more information and to connect with Corinna Bellizzi, visit Care More Be Better. You can also reach her via email at corinna@caremorebebetter.com and follow her on Instagram and TikTok @corinnabellizzi. Together, we can care more, be better, and create a safer society.

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  • Corinna Bellizzi

    Corinna is a natural products industry executive who has earned a reputation for leading the development and growth of responsible brands (e.g. Nordic Naturals, iwi, NutriGold). In her professional life, she champions social benefit programs to enhance company impact while preserving and protecting our home planet. She’s presently working tirelessly on the development of a new pre-market that seeks to achieve a carbon-negative impact. In January 2021 she launched her show, Care More, Be Better: A Social Impact + Sustainability Podcast to amplify the efforts of inspired individuals and conscious companies. Through Care More Be Better, she shares their stories in an effort to show us all that one person with one idea can have a big impact. As part of her lifelong education journey, she earned her MBA from Santa Clara University, graduating at the top of her class with a triple focus in Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Marketing in June 2021.

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  • Tim Mousseau

    Tim Mousseau is a survivor of sexual violence turned speaker and advocate on this critical topic. For nine years, Tim has spoken with over 450 organizations, including Congressional offices, top universities, and Fortune 1000 companies worldwide. Today, Tim helps organizations move beyond merely meeting compliance standards to instead cultivate empathetic curiosity focused on embracing people's whole selves.

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