It's OK to Freeze: Healing from Sexual Assault

Amy Oestreicher works directly with survivors of sexual assault and those healing from PTSD. Learn more about her college sexual assault prevention initiative here. All artwork was created by Amy as a way to heal from her own history of sexual assault.

She is a PTSD peer-peer specialist, artist, author, survivor, award-winning founder of the Fearless Ostomates, actress and playwright touring the country with Gutless & Grateful, her one-woman musical autobiography. For more information visit

“I learned that in the face of trauma, you can have three responses: You can fight, flee or freeze.”

Amy has faced her process by creating a program- firstly by really engaging with her recovery by understanding the signals that her brain was sending to her body that cause emotional reactions that need gentle, non-judgmental observation to integrate the healing whilst releasing trauma. The power of expression through art, words & sharing is advocated for in her program and she embodies this in all her works.

Amy also acknowledges the time it can take to reclaim your life, your rights and your power- as it once was, inherently yours.