sexual abuse

How Advice To ‘Take The High Road’ Silences Victims Of Abuse

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Anyone who has been a victim of abuse will tell you that the burden of emotional labor is enormous, and that it’s amplified by the pressure to keep quiet.

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Ask Erin: I Need Help Expressing Anger After Sexual Abuse

I need to know how to express anger after sexual abuse. (Artwork: Tess Emily Rodriguez)

I am unable to physically show any signs of anger — I’m too scared, too well-trained not to. I need to know how to express anger after sexual abuse.

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The Stranger Isn't The Danger: 8 Ways To Protect Your Kids From Sexual Abuse In Sports

Here are some strategies for protecting your children from becoming the victims of their trusted leaders.

Sexual abuse in sports is very real. Studies suggest about 7% of athletes have experienced abuse at the hand of a coach. So how do you keep your kids safe?

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Why Did My Sexual Assault Cause Shame?

He assaulted me, and my prevailing feeling was shame.

He violated me and robbed me of an innocence I would never recover. He did this to me. Why did my sexual assault cause shame?

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The Entertainment Industry Protects Abusers

If all of these women at the top food chain are coming out with such terrible stories of abuse, you can only imagine what it’s like at the bottom.

The entertainment industry allows abuse to flourish and allows abusers to hide behind fancy titles and big credits.

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While We’re Raising Awareness About Sexual Assault, Let’s Raise Better Human Beings Too

"Unless we take a look at ourselves, raising awareness will only go so far."

Raising awareness does nothing if we are not willing to become better humans, if we are not parents willing to raise decent human beings.

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Saying Goodbye To Suicide And Yes To A Life Worth Living

Letting go of suicide means I have to let it all go, let it all out.

Dear Suicide, I don't know how to start this. I want to write something deep and life-changing, but that's just too daunting. So I'll start with the facts before I have to do the hard part of breaking up with you.

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I’m Not The Only One Who Lost Faith

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In my youth, our church was a place of liberal political pride for me. Jesus was a role model for helping others. The man who sexually abused me also spoke eloquently of Christian generosity. He welcomed draft resisters to the church during the Vietnam War. He was an intellectual who introduced me to Virginia Wolf, even as he seemed to feel entitled to sexual access to all women — and children who looked like women, like me.

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I’m Not The Only One Who Lost Faith

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In my youth, our church was a place of liberal political pride for me. Jesus was a role model for helping others. The man who sexually abused me also spoke eloquently of Christian generosity. He welcomed draft resisters to the church during the Vietnam War. He was an intellectual who introduced me to Virginia Wolf, even as he seemed to feel entitled to sexual access to all women — and children who looked like women, like me.

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How I Coped And Survived My Life — After Being Abused

I want freedom.

Trauma has a way of breaking people down. It's consumed almost every moment of the last 15 years of my life- from the mental health consequences, such as PTSD and years invested in therapy, to the trouble I have connecting with other people and opening up.

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