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Should We Ignore Our Bullies?

The problem isn’t the reactions of the people being bullied, it’s a culture where bullying and harassment are considered acceptable.

Should we ignore our bullies? The problem isn’t the reactions of the people being bullied, it’s a culture where bullying is considered acceptable.

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Denial Won't Help Me Recover From Trauma

I want to feel and share deeply, intimately. I can’t admit any of this out loud. Image: Thinkstock.

[M]y therapist pointed out there’s a huge discrepancy in the way I present myself. On the one hand, I am a successful working person who seems fine and normal. On the other hand, I have a hard time with basic self-care and very often experience dissociation, depression, and anxiety as a result of sexual trauma and PTSD. And between these seemingly different people is a huge gap occupied by denial.

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I'm A Rape Survivor — But Please Don't Call Me Brave

Our braveness doesn’t make us valuable. Image: Christopher Campbell/Unsplash.

My story isn’t meant to hold a mirror to society and say, “You, too, can be strong like me.” It’s meant to hold a mirror to society and say, “You, too, are complicit in rape culture. Let’s work on that.”

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My Abusive Stepfather Made Me Think Men Can't Be Victims Of Domestic Violence

I have a hard time believing that men can be victims of domestic violence, and I know that my stepfather Joe is at the root of my problem. Image: Lechon Kirb/Unsplash.

Although I hesitate to admit it, I have a hard time believing that men can be victims of domestic violence, and I know that my stepfather Joe is at the root of my problem.

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The Stanford Rape Case, My Father, And Collective Forgiveness

Over the years... I’ve realized that my father’s sentiments echo those of the judge, the father, and the rapist. Image: Thinkstock.

Much has already been said about the way the Stanford swimmer's privilege has insulated him from consequence, about the ever-pervasive victim blaming in public discourse, and about the inadequacy of the criminal justice system. But in so many of these conversations, in our rage against the rape culture machine, we forget the survivors — the most important people in the fight against sexual violence.

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What '20 Minutes Of Action' Does To A Rape Survivor's Life

The damage can be treated, but it can never be undone.

According to Suicide.org, about 33 percent of rape victims have suicidal thoughts, and 13 percent of rape victims will attempt suicide. Often this happens many years after the assault. Rape isn’t a crime that ends when the physical act is over — it is a crime that lingers.

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Stacey Dash Apologizes For Offensive Victim-Blaming Comments

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Michigan State University Students Protest George Will As Commencement Speaker

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In a Kafka-esque turn of events, MSU has hired a rape apologist while currently under federal investigation for its treatment of rape victims.

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Hugh Hefner And Bill Cosby: What Happens When Your Friend Is A Rapist?

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It's not easy to reconcile caring about someone with allegations of abuse against them. But sometimes, it's necessary.

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1 In 5 Men Admit To Domestic Violence—Making It More Common Than Diabetes

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A new study shows that at least one in five men admit to domestic violence. Can we say "epidemic"?

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