All posts by jcpeters

Julie on the Awake Network with G. Brian Benson

Interview on “Be Yourself to Free Yourself” with G. Brian Benson

You can watch an interview with Julie and fellow author G. Brian Benson discussing recovery after sexual assault and my new book Want: 8 Steps to Recovering Desire, Passion, and Pleasure After Sexual Assault on the Awake Network. It’s a subscription service, so you can watch the interview until tomorrow morning (Dec 19th, 2019) and after that you can watch it if you subscribe.

Best Feminist Books to Bring to College

My new book Want: 8 Steps to Recovering Desire, Passion, and Pleasure After Sexual Assault (Mango 2019) was chosen for Pretty Progressive’s list of the 14 best feminist books to bring with you to college! My book is aimed at sexual assault survivors, but it’s also for anyone who wants to learn more about it, and it’s filled with useful information about consent and holistic sexuality, so it’s a good pick for anyone heading to college, whether they’ve experience an assault or not. I’m thrilled to be included in this list. See the whole thing here:

A Tool for Healing Sexual Trauma with Ovee Health

Reclaiming Pleasure, Connection, and a Sense of Home in My Body: Masturbation Meditation with Ovee Health


Want to know one of the biggest tools that I found to recover a healthy sexuality after being sexually assaulted? I call it Masturbation Meditation (or mindful sexual self-pleasure, if you prefer!). This is an excerpt from my new book Want: 8 Steps to Recovering Desire, Passion, and Pleasure (Mango Media), which you should definitely buy now if you haven’t! You can get it from Amazon online or Pulp Fiction books in Vancouver or wherever you usually like to get books. Here’s the Amazon link:

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Feel: Healing the Spiritual Wound of Sexual Trauma

 Feel: Healing the Spiritual Wound of Trauma at Spirituality and Health Magazine 

 You can now read a short excerpt from my new book Want: 8 Steps to Recovering Desire, Passion, and Pleasure After Sexual Assault (Mango Media) at Spirituality and Health Magazine. It’s about the second step in my process to recovery, which is called Feel (step one is Survive!). This piece is all about the spiritual wound of trauma and how the only way to go in and start that healing process is through the body, the place where the trauma is generally held, even if we’ve done lots of work to think about it and process it mentally.
Have a read! And then order my book here: and don’t forget to write me a 5-star review if you like it! It will go a long way toward helping other people find my book as well.
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Reclaiming Desire After Sexual Assault on the Mental Illness Happy Hour Podcast

Julie on the Mental Illness Happy Hour Podcast

It was such a privilege to get to be interviewed by Paul Gilmartin, a survivor I really admire whose fantastic podcast The Mental Illness Happy Hour opens up really real, honest conversations about all our mental illness struggles. We had a VERY intimate conversation about sexuality, sexual healing, trauma, masturbation meditation, and all sorts of other stuff. This conversation involves topics around sexual trauma including some of my experiences as a young person, so be aware of that.
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Julie on the Essential Conversations with Rabbi Rami Podcast

I recently spoke to the brilliant Rabbi Rami Shapiro on his podcast Essential Conversations with Rabbi Rami about my new book Want: 8 Steps to Recovering Desire, Passion, and Pleasure After Sexual Assault. We talked about recovering from assault, the spiritual wound of trauma, and meditation practices that can help regain the color in our lives. Listen now:

An Interview on the Sex with Dr. Jess Podcast

It was such a pleasure for me to talk with sex therapist Dr. Jess and her partner Brandon on their Sex with Dr. Jess Podcast. We talked about the eight steps in my new book Want: 8 Steps to Recovering Desire, Passion, and Pleasure After Sexual Assault, including Survive, Feel, Rage, Forgive, Eat, Pleasure, Sex, and Love. The Sex with Dr. Jess Podcast is fantastic and inclusive of all bodies and genders and Dr. Jess asks great questions! Have a listen here:

Sexual Assault is Not the End of My Story: An Interview with BJ Buckley

 I recently did an interview with the Medium writer Bridgitte Jackson-Buckley, who is the author of the book The Gift of Crisis: How I Used Meditation to Go From Financial Failure to a Life of Purpose.
We discussed sexual healing, spiritual recovery, female-specific stress responses, why sexual assault so often happens at the hand of someone we already know, and how colonization relates to sexual violence. Read on!

Book Launch Party and Celebration at Calabash Bistro July 30th

Join Julie Peters for the launch and celebration of her new book Want: 8 Steps to Recovering Desire, Passion, and Pleasure After Sexual Assault (Mango 2019). Enjoy the delicious food and drink at Calabash and enjoy some fantastic poetry, dance, and music on the theme of Desire!

Bring your copy of the book (or a receipt) as your cover fee and have it signed! Cover is $15 otherwise.

WANT is an incredibly intimate story of one person’s recovery, survival, and everything that comes after. It is about the possibilities of love, desire, and pleasure after trauma and all the ways we can help ourselves get through. It is the most fun book about sexual assault you’ve ever read! More info and purchase here:

If you’d prefer to get it from a local independent bookstore, order it from Pulp Fiction for the same price as you’d get it on Amazon. Call 604.876.4311 to order.

PS buying the book on Amazon (and leaving a 5-star review!) is the absolute best way to support Julie and help more people find this book. This book will not be for sale at this event.


RC Weslowski: poet, clown, and absurdist delight

Erin Kirsh: brilliant poet who will make you think and then immediately break your heart

Olivia Davies: heart-full dancer who knows how to hold the dark in her hands and turn it into light with her body

Duncan Shields: poet who knows how to stand steady, make you laugh, and surprise you every time he opens his mouth

Fernando Raguero: a poet with razor-sharp wit and a deadpan brilliance

Megan Phillips: a comedian with a hilarious penchant for the dark side

Kelsey Savage: Gorgeous poet, sex educator, fantastic human