A quick heads up: this episode talks about sexual assault. If you want to skip this one, feel free to browse through our other episodes.
Sometimes, saving money isn’t really worth it. In Amanda’s case, her decision to get on a greyhound bus to save money when traveling to speak at an event in Seattle, cost her more than she bargained for.
It all happened so quickly, a man across from Amanda fondled himself while looking at her — she saw everything — prompting her to jump up and report it to the bus driver. Of course, the bus stopped and the man got kicked off.
Sadly, her story isn’t uncommon. Sexual assault in all forms happens everyday and it can affect our financial lives. Sure, we can be so damn good with our budgeting and frugal ways — but what happens when the opportunity cost comes at the expense or our mental health and future ability to earn money?
That’s why I invited Amanda Holden, founder and investing teacher at Invested Development to come on to chat about what really happened to her on that bus, why she regrets not reporting the incident to the police, the real opportunity costs as it pertains to sexual trauma and some of the hard questions we need to think about when it happens to us.
Stick around to the end where I’m going to debrief our conversation and what we can all do to support each other during such trying times.
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What You Hear in This Episode:
- Why victims feel like we have the weight of responsibility to not inconvenience others, and how it affects our ability to make money
- Why Amanda was upset she didn’t report the incident to the police
- Other ways sexual trauma can affect our work lives and ability to manage our money
- How the aftermath of sexual trauma can lead us to spend more money
- What Amanda feels we need to do if we experience traumatic events
Questions to Ponder:
- What can you do to budget in ways to make you feel safer when traveling or navigating a toxic environment?
- What are some ways you can do to allow yourself to process emotions in a healthy way?
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- American Counseling Association
- National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline
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