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Illusions Shattered by #BlackandBlue

Sharon Zarozny | Posted 03.16.2015 | Impact
Sharon Zarozny

#Thedress, the meme, and social media all came together in a big way last week. It started as silliness, the buzz broke the Internet and, incredibly, it resulted in a brilliant Public Service Announcement (PSA) -- a powerful meme designed to raise awareness about domestic abuse.

I Laughed When My Father Died

Jaleesa Jones | Posted 03.16.2015 | Women
Jaleesa Jones

Yet even with the space she gave me, I still felt suffocated. Like I was choking on my father's memory. And I was. My father haunted me long before he died.

'Fifty Shades of Grey' -- From the Personal to the Political

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 03.11.2015 | Women
Jane Simon, M.D.

To turn to the real world, it is not uncommon to find households in which one parent dominates another. The power play in turn impacts the children.

Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' Is the Same Story as 'Fifty Shades of Grey.' (Don't Take Your 5-Year-Old.)

Meg Conley | Posted 03.09.2015 | Parents
Meg Conley

If we rail against Fifty Shades of Grey, but then take our daughters to see the Disney's new Beauty and The Beast, we are sending them a horrific message.

Scandal: The Romanticization of Dysfunctional Relationships

Anna Nti-Asare | Posted 03.03.2015 | Black Voices
Anna Nti-Asare

Fitz is an extremely aggressive individual, and I often get scared watching his interactions with both Mellie and Olivia, but somehow the show still paints him as the victim, the "good guy," and I really don't think it is okay.

What You Probably Don't Know About Domestic Violence and Abuse

Posted 03.10.2015 | Dr. Phil

Ilene, 20, says her boyfriend, Matt, constantly accuses her of cheating on him, insults her appearance, calls her despicable names, and threatens to t...

50 Shades of Abuse

Elisabeth Corey | Posted 02.26.2015 | Women
Elisabeth Corey

We are teaching women that they don't have to examine the affects of their abuse and work on empowering themselves. This doesn't break the cycle of gender-based violence in our culture. This perpetuates it. And that is not acceptable.

How a Parent's Infidelity Can Hurt a Child

Vicki Larson | Posted 02.26.2015 | Divorce
Vicki Larson

It's hard to know just how many kids have been in the middle of a parent's infidelity because we don't know how many people are cheating; estimates are from around 25 percent to as high as 70 percent.

What to Do When the Toxic People in Your Life Are (Unfortunately) Your Parents

Catherine Chen, Ph.D. | Posted 02.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Catherine Chen, Ph.D.

Dealing with toxic parents is a delicate situation and is undeniably tough. But by remembering that you are your own person will enable you to respect the relationship without falling victim to it.

The Oscars and Our Abusive Relationship With Celebrities

Michael Friedman, Ph.D. | Posted 02.23.2015 | Media
Michael Friedman, Ph.D.

The Oscars represent a time for us to celebrate our favorite movies and the people who make movies. But it is also the time when we vilify the same celebrities that we glorify.

A Husband Speaks: How I'm Saving My Marriage

The Good Men Project | Posted 02.21.2015 | Weddings
The Good Men Project

I've spent some time at work looking around at the guys I work with who are going through divorces. I've listened to their stories and I don't want their story to become mine.

A Letter to the Lady On the Bus

Laura Lifshitz | Posted 02.24.2015 | Divorce
Laura Lifshitz

It was a nine-thirty a.m. bus full of tourists, workers, and students headed to the city. He had been in line with who I believed to be his wife or serious partner right behind me as we filed onto the bus.

What's Pain Got To Do With It?

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 02.20.2015 | Women
Lorraine Devon Wilke

What are we doing to ourselves? When did the act of warm, caramelly, intimate sex become considered so vanilla, so mundane and outdated, that we're pushed to push the odd items into our orifices, with abandon and to our own bodily harm, just to achieve the sensation of pleasure?

Reaction Action Time

Amy Elias, MS | Posted 03.12.2015 | Arts
Amy Elias, MS

What you do to pull me through the reaction, the positioned postured action of devolving, evolving spiraling down to the bottomed out triangulation- That's your action... Reaction.

Because of the Adversity I Faced in Childhood, There's Nothing I Can't Do!

Brian F. Martin | Posted 02.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Brian F. Martin

By Brian F. Martin and Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D. A 16-year-old who grew up experiencing adversity in childhood said this to Brian Martin severa...

Push for Progress: Children Cannot Wait

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

So many children have lost ground as the trumped-up fear of excessive debt children did not cause has been used by some in Congress to cut safety net programs we know work.

Are You Emotionally Abused? 8 Ways to Clarify What That Really Means

Abby Rodman, LICSW | Posted 02.05.2015 | Divorce
Abby Rodman, LICSW

Because emotional abuse is life-changing, you want to be pretty sure that's what's going on in your relationship before you slap that label on it. Here are eight pitfalls common to many relationships that don't necessarily indicate that abuse is in the mix.

It Takes a Village to Stop Domestic Violence

Susan Scrupski | Posted 02.02.2015 | Women
Susan Scrupski

What people who've been successful in reducing domestic violence in their hometowns know is it a profound culture shift that has to take place. From top to bottom and left to right, the civic community has to make a commitment to stopping the violence. And it must deliver on that pledge.

Want to Stop Sex Trafficking? Look to America's Porn Addiction

John-Henry Westen | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics
John-Henry Westen

As long as America's men are being trained to think that violent, disturbing pornography is sexually acceptable, an enormous clientele for sex traffickers is being created every day in homes, college dorms, and apartments across the nation.

Abuse in Marriage & Divorce. Warning. As Goes the Marriage, so Goes the Divorce

Sharon Zarozny | Posted 03.26.2015 | Divorce
Sharon Zarozny

We marry dreaming of "happily-ever-after." But sadly, 25% of all women in the US (and a significant % of men) find themselves in an abusive marriage or partnership. And when that occurs, most are in denial.

Former abused dog receives the best day ever with rescue mom

Rescue Idiot | Posted 03.17.2015 | Good News
Rescue Idiot

Susie, a mutt, in 2009 was set on fire and left to die by her abusive, and completely evil owner in North Carolina. Susie suffered third-degree burn...

Rising to the Challenge...in Italy

Christina Pacella | Posted 03.14.2015 | Impact
Christina Pacella

Ten year old Piero ( imaginary name) wakes up every morning at six a.m. He washes his hands and face, brushes his teeth, combs his hair, gets dressed and rushes down the stairs.

Boy Carries Found and Abused Mastiff

Rescue Idiot | Posted 03.11.2015 | Good News
Rescue Idiot

A boy named Garret was riding his bike when he came across a seriously injured and abused mastiff in Washington state. The boy immediately abandoned his bike and carried the mastiff over a half a mile to his home.

Letting My Heart Break

Elisabeth Corey | Posted 02.17.2015 | Women
Elisabeth Corey

I have to prepare my heart to feel and to be inevitably broken, not just because there will be loss, but because there will be love. And with true love comes the pain of letting go, of never knowing what happens next.

'Failure to Protect' Laws Punish Victims of Domestic Violence

Adam Banner | Posted 02.03.2015 | Crime
Adam Banner

True justice is not measured by what we think we would do in a similar situation; it is measured by the law and how the law applies to certain facts. It is time to stop using the law to blame the victims, and instead find solutions that truly protect our nation's children from violence and abuse.