There's Power in Sharing Your Story
Especially for someone who had been silenced for so long, there's power in being able to publicly take ownership of your story, Gaylor said. It's a form of healing and a kind of "narrative therapy approach" to be able to share your story in a way that gives you confidence, she explained. That tracks on to why Markle herself told Oprah she was ready to speak out: because she wanted to share her side of the story, own her experiences, and move forward.
At the same time, sharing your story can make you feel intensely vulnerable and "relatively exposed," Gaylor said. It's imperative to have a support system in place to help you during and after you speak this kind of painful truth, be it family, friends, or a mental health professional.