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Divorcing Josh Duggar's Monster God

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 08.26.2015 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

In response to this unfolding scandal, I submit to you that joining the shame parade is an unhelpful response that misses an important opportunity. The opportunity for the church, for followers of Jesus, for all of us, is to divorce this Monster God once and for all.

How Tim McGraw's Drinking Nearly Cost Him Everything

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 08.26.2015 | OWN

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Raising Children Un-Fundamentalist: Part I

Cindy Brandt | Posted 08.25.2015 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

Here, little kids are taught to hold incense and kneel and bow at ancestor tablets and a variety of gods. Do you know how cute it is to see a little kid praying with pure devotion to a Buddhist god? It is JUST AS CUTE as the blonde headed little girl singing "Jesus Loves Me."

Why Equal Power Is Not Enough: Love Transforms Power

Kathleen Shumate | Posted 08.25.2015 | Women
Kathleen Shumate

There are plenty of homes in which uneven power relationships are serious problems. But a system of carefully balanced power dynamics is only a "floor" of ethical marriage and family relationships, not a "ceiling." It's a bare minimum, not the ideal. Oh, there is so much more!

Halo and Horns: Exploring My Mother's Legacy

Hilary Holland Lorenzo | Posted 08.20.2015 | Impact
Hilary Holland Lorenzo

Mother ceaselessly sought to mentally destroy me as a prepubescent, because I was the outlet most handy and available to absorb the pain of her losses and dereliction.

We Won't Be Riding Elephants on Our Trip to Cambodia

Geri Spieler | Posted 08.18.2015 | Green
Geri Spieler

Unfortunately the laws in Thailand and Cambodia are not strong enough to protect elephants from abuse. Today they are considered nothing but livestock, no different than buffalo or cattle, which are not protected against abuse. The law is rarely enforced and fines are small.

Woman Allegedly Locks Disabled Sister In Closet For 7 Years

AP | Andy Campbell | Posted 08.14.2015 | Crime

CORUNNA, Mich. (AP) -- A Michigan woman kept her disabled adult sister locked in a closet for six or seven years with little food, water or clothing ...

Five Travel Tips To Help Stop Human Trafficking

Stephanie Hepburn | Posted 08.10.2015 | Impact
Stephanie Hepburn

It's not terribly surprising to learn that many trafficking victims have been exploited in a hotel. An NGO recently launched #DoesYourHotelKnow, a new awareness campaign that alerts hotels and travelers on what to do if we think it's happening (key: you don't have to be certain, that's up to the authorities to figure out).

The Real Deal About Deal Breakers

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 08.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

"Deal breakers" are those behaviors or conditions that one partner is unable or unwilling to tolerate in a relationship. Because "tolerance" is a relative term and subject to everyone's unique capacity to accept varying degrees of distress or discomfort, there is no generic, one-size-fits-all answer to this question.

Hope and Empowerment For Alienated Parents and Their Children

Dana Laquidara | Posted 07.24.2015 | Divorce
Dana Laquidara

When I was almost four years old, my father threw my mother out of our home, quite literally. In the months that followed, when he had to tear me off of my mother after our scheduled visits, he repeatedly told her that I was better off without her.

LGBT "Treatment" Programs Are Often Child Abuse

Lorri L. Jean | Posted 07.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Lorri L. Jean

It isn't "treatment" to withhold food and water from a youth. It isn't treatment to beat a teenager. And nothing should ever be considered treatment that involves denial of medical care, solitary confinement, electric shocks or public humiliation. That's not therapeutic. That's child abuse.

Former FSU Star Offers To Mentor Players Embroiled In Abuse Controversy

HuffPost Live | Jared Greenhouse | Posted 07.16.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Perhaps it's something in the Tallahassee water, but the Florida State Seminoles football team is in trouble once again. After video surfaced July...

Big Boy (Girl) Pants for Leaders: Three Keys to Redirecting Our Victim Culture

Robert Hall | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics
Robert Hall

The flag came down in Charleston because former flag supporters changed their mind - powerful relational leaders can do that. Our growing Victim Class cries for relational leaders who work together to change minds and who bring the divided together.

Can Abuse Be Invisible?

Dr. Craig Malkin | Posted 07.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Craig Malkin

With horrifying allegations surrounding Rachel Dolezal's family, the subjects of physical and sexual abuse have been making headlines once again. If...

Prosecuting Child Abuse Just Got (a Bit) Easier

Joan Meier | Posted 07.09.2015 | Crime
Joan Meier

In one fell swoop, and a unanimous one at that, the Supreme Court in Ohio v. Clark both helped ensure child abusers may be successfully prosecuted, and resolved several open questions about the scope of the Sixth Amendment confrontation right.

The Car Keys

Krista Barth | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Krista Barth

My eldest son learned to drive in a town where most people have "driven" long before they are allowed or can even see over the dashboard. They have driven tractors, four wheelers and pick up trucks down long gravel roads without names.

Should You Disengage From Your Emotionally-Abusive Family?

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 06.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

Serena grew up in a family where she was the caretaker. The oldest of four, Serena was the only member of her family capable of deep caring, empathy a...

Celebrating Mother's Day As a Motherless Daughter

Peggy Oliveira | Posted 05.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Peggy Oliveira

Is Mother's Day a struggle for you? Do you have difficulty finding a card that accurately represents your relationship? If so, make time this Sunday for you. Take some time to provide for yourself the nurturing, loving experience you deserve.

Mute About Money

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 06.24.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

Money competes quite well with sex for the position of the No. 1 no-talk topic in our society. Friends, relatives and significant others typically do...

Empowerment in Telling Your Truths

Rebecca Mckown | Posted 06.07.2015 | Women
Rebecca Mckown

Through this confession I have exposed a truth and in this truth I am more whole than I was before. My experiences good and bad have made me who I am today and I am proud of this person, truth be told.

Lessons From NYPD v. Uber Driver: 'You're Not Important Enough'

Laura Murray-Tjan | Posted 06.03.2015 | New York
Laura Murray-Tjan

Is even more going on here? Something we all can learn from? The video shows the stereotypical law enforcement power trip. But it might also provide a moment to ponder whether you have been mistreated, or perhaps mistreated another person, because of an assumption that there will be no consequence.

Divorce Confidential: Divorce and Reconciliation. Yes, It Happens!

Caroline Choi | Posted 06.02.2015 | Divorce
Caroline Choi

My heart swells with joy when clients give their marriage a second chance. What does reconciliation look like from a legal perspective? Here are some things to consider before you reconcile with your ex.

Illusions Shattered by #BlackandBlue

Sharon Zarozny | Posted 05.16.2015 | 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 05.13.2015 | 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 05.10.2015 | 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.