Strength in brokenness

Strength in brokenness

The world breaks everyone and afterward, many are strong at the broken places.”— Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms. Broken doesn’t mean beyond repair.

Healing from scandal and abuse

Healing from scandal and abuse

Healing from scandal and abuse is good. But healing necessitates acknowledging the injury. You can’t heal from a wound that is never treated.

#Churchtoo means shut up and listen

#Churchtoo means shut up and listen

many scandals that have rocked the Catholic church. Unfortunately, they have rocked every other denomination, faith, countless secular institutions and countless families. And the pain and tumult these scandals leave for non-offending members is massive. With that in mind, we wanted to share this piece. 

5 tips for friends of survivors

5 tips for friends of survivors

Your friend has just told you that they have been sexually assaulted, abused, stalked or raped and you want to support them but you’re not sure what they need. Maybe it happened to them decades ago, in childhood, or maybe it was as recent as today. You want to help your friend in any way you can. Situations may vary, but here are 5 tips for friends of survivors.

9 things to know about consent

9 things to know about consent

First published in Dinah’s Voice, republished with permission 9 Things to Know About Consent  By Sheila Marie Connolly  What exactly is consent? The word “consent” gets thrown around as if everyone understands it.  But the nuances of the concept of consent can...
What a rape kit is (and isn’t)

What a rape kit is (and isn’t)

Using one of these kits, certain evidence such as DNA and debris can be collected from a crime scene — and when it comes to assault, that crime scene is the survivor’s body.Even if you never have to use one, it can be helpful to know what exactly a rape kit is, and what it isn’t.  

Child Victims Act advocates. Thank you.

Child Victims Act advocates. Thank you.

I’m Melanie Blow. I’m a child sex abuse survivor, and I’ve always wanted to change the world. And now for children in New York State, and after 13 years of hard work with some of the most amazing people, we finally succeeded.  The Child Victims Act was signed into law...
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