What to Do If Someone Talks About Sexual Assault at the Thanksgiving Table - "The Mighty" Feature

'“A lot of stuff comes up on the holidays and people often choose really polarizing or more intense topics after sitting around for a few hours,” Lindsey Pratt, LMHC, a therapist in private practice in New York City, told The Mighty. But just because your uncle wants to share his frustration that Spacey’s career is virtually over doesn’t mean you have to listen or engage in conversation. “It is important, always, for survivors or anyone who feels triggered by these topics to just be sure that they are putting their needs first,” Pratt said. “A lot of sexual assault news and sexual assault in general can make people feel very out of control, so it’s important to have a sense of regained control in situations where you are talking about it.”'