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Brooke Bastinelli
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Brooke Bastinelli is a writer and performer. She belongs to RAINN Speaker's Bureau.

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A Middle Ground With Guns

(14) Comments | Posted October 15, 2015 | 10:17 AM

Some time after I was sexually assaulted, I went to a Los Angeles gun range. I wanted to go there to reclaim a sense of security and to get my power back. Someone was gracious enough to take me there and to walk me through the process.

I had...

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(2) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 4:00 PM

I broke a glass from a cold pressed juice in downtown Los Angeles
Was walking too fast I guess
It tumbled out of my bag
I had plans to recycle it later

The sharp glass went in every direction on the pavement
Turning into...

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A Surefire Sister

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 12:00 PM

Have you ever wished that you had a big sister to help you navigate your daily ups and downs? Are there times when you would rather ask someone that is not a parent, a teacher, or a computer screen? What if you could ask her complicated questions and she empowered...

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For Millennial Evangelicals

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 10:47 AM

Let me start by saying "Love Song for a Savior" on Jars of Clay's Flood album helped me survive the darkest moments of 8th grade.

Jennifer Knapp's Kansas album carried me through high school.

These artists understood contemporary Evangelical youth. They facilitated inclusion in...

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Hey Mr. Thicke, What If You Had a Daughter?

(6) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 2:51 PM

You had a tough week or so. This will all be forgotten soon. We have a situation in Syria. But, here are some closing thoughts before the fallout fades from the headlines.

Yes, it was the VMAs. Things were expected to be shocking. Yes, you both wanted...

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Hoodie n' Heels

(2) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 1:27 PM

I've had this special relationship with the hoodie
You see we both go way back
I wear it whenever I'm scared and afraid
Of another midnight attack

I got this feeling you and I
Didn't think much about it when...

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Dear Mr. Mourdock

(58) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 10:52 AM

It's been over a week since your debate comments. The content of the news cycle has quickly moved onto other subject matters. Your statement will be forgotten until the next round of commentary surfaces on what the laws should be like for rape survivors. But for me and other survivors...

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