I decided to start Operation No Shame two years ago when I worked as case manager for a sexual assault & domestic violence organization. The tagline was “No one deserves rape” and then expanded to “No one deserves abuse, bullying, and sexual assault.” The blog for it came about because I was RESTLESS on the subject of abuse and shame. I felt this undeniable need to start something for myself and others, but I wasn’t sure how to go about it. Now that I am studying at Duke University, I have had the faculty support and opportunity to hone in on my vision for Operation No Shame working on it as an Independent Study alongside my art and music research. This website is still a work in progress, but there is a clear vision for it.
For those of us who spend too much time or not enough in our room alone. Raise your voice through art.
Music, photography, writing, and essentially all styles of art reflect self-expression resulting in productive alone time and creative self-care. Operation No Shame defines creative self-care as an integrative approach to one’s wellness. It is not a diagnostic tool or replacement for counseling, therapy, medical, or other holistic approaches – but a supplement to enhancing one’s health.
No one deserves abuse. No one should have to overcome shame, a popular aftermath of abuse, by themselves. Anxiety, body image angst, depression, loneliness, and feelings of low self-worth accompany shame. Operation No Shame provides an online hub of creative self-care activities and educational materials for those of us who need to learn how to productively cope with our pasts that haunt us or the stress of everyday life.
Our blog will feature posts on holistic care, all aspects of creative arts therapy (CAT), and FREE downloadable CAT activities.
Holls Thomas is the founder of Operation No Shame. With a B.A. in Journalism and M.A. in Political Science from Eastern Illinois University, she is currently a nursing student at Duke University. She has a background in advocating and case management for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. Her research focus at Duke is creative arts therapy.
Disclaimer: Operation No Shame’s goal is to be an online hub for self-help resources, education, awareness, and support. Individuals are encouraged to seek local mental health professionals for additional assistance. Operation No Shame in no way takes the place of a licensed art therapist, counselors of any sort, or medical providers. Although Operation No Shame may not be a mandated reporter, any abuse allegations will be reported appropriately to DCFS or Adult Protected Services. The National Suicide Hotline is 800-273-8255. There is no shame in reaching out for help. There is no shame in needing to talk about it.