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Push Through The Pain

Erin McKelle | Posted 12.10.2015 | Impact
Erin McKelle

All change and growth involves pain. Every new horizon is unfamiliar to your mind, whose job it is to keep you safe. It wants you to stay where you are, or where you came from, so it can feel at home, even if that home isn't what you want.

The Most Devastating Betrayals Come From Those You Love

Kelley Calkins | Posted 12.10.2015 | Women
Kelley Calkins

I made eye contact with the stray llama that was set away from the pack before I succumbed to my sudden and violent nausea, doubling over and dry heav...

Steve Tisch: Giants' Anti-Domestic Violence Message 'Not Connected' To Greg Hardy

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 12.10.2015 | Sports

Remember when the New York Giants shined a light on domestic violence at their home game against the Dallas Cowboys back in October? It turns out that...

5 Steps to Finding Love After Abuse

Pamela Jacobs | Posted 12.08.2015 | Women
Pamela Jacobs

"I wouldn't act this way if you didn't push my buttons." I watched the words spilling out of my husband's mouth, but couldn't believe what I was hear...

There Are Too Many Stories of Foster Care Abuse

Evey Rosenbloom | Posted 12.07.2015 | Impact
Evey Rosenbloom

Today, when a child is taken by protective services, they are placed in any random persons home, as long as the person obtains a license to become a foster parent, is older than 18, and passes a criminal background check.

Things I Learned From My Time as a Phone Sex Operator

The Establishment | Posted 12.07.2015 | Women
The Establishment

I learned about shame, and how it silences our true selves. And more importantly, that we all have it -- so many people share the same fetishes, need the same conditions to feel safe, to get excited, to achieve pleasure, to feel their fantasies are fulfilled.

A Letter To My Childhood Friend That I Should've Sent Years Ago

YourTango | Posted 12.04.2015 | Healthy Living

We don't really think about it much, but the words "thank you" can accomplish so much and can convey more than one could possibly imagine.

Reward Offered For Info On A Frost-Covered Puppy Found In Trash Can

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 12.02.2015 | Crime

The Michigan Humane Society is on the hunt for the cold-hearted culprit that abandoned a puppy in a freezing Detroit trash can. The Pomeranian-mix dog...

Creed Frontman Scott Stapp Opens Up About Abuse And Rebuilding His Faith

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 11.24.2015 | Religion

After an abusive childhood left Creed frontman Scott Stapp with a skewed perception of religion, he had to completely rebuild his foundation of faith,...

7 Ways People Who've Been Emotionally Abused Loved Differently

YourTango | Posted 11.16.2015 | Divorce

It's hard to love again after you've been manipulated, put down, controlled, belittled, and made to feel worthless by someone who was supposed to love you and care about you.

Black Virgins Are Not For Hipsters?

Jenee Darden | Posted 11.05.2015 | Arts
Jenee Darden

Black Virgins Are Not For Hipsters is the play I've been waiting for. In her one-woman show, actress and writer Echo Brown, 31, powerfully shares her personal experience of love, sexuality, interracial dating, abuse, race and so much more.

Extinguish and Evolve

Lisa Pullen Kent | Posted 11.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Lisa Pullen Kent

"Mom, do you have a pencil and paper I can have?" Haley, my 10-year-old asked as we watched the ring-tailed lemurs leap from tree to tree at the San ...

Why Twitter's Dying (And What You Can Learn From It)

Umair Haque | Posted 10.28.2015 | Technology
Umair Haque

Abuse is killing the social web. And hence, it isn't peripheral to Internet business models -- it's central. Twitter could have been a town square. But now it's more like a drunken, heaving mosh pit. We dreamed that we created a revolution. But we did not heed the great lesson of revolution.

Sofia Vergara Slams Radio Show Claiming 'Rumors' She Might Be One Of Bill Cosby's Victims

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 10.27.2015 | Latino Voices

Sofia Vergara fired back at a radio show that suggested it was "rumored" the actress might have been one of Bill Cosby's victims. The claim was made v...

The Drastic Step We're Taking to Protect Our Children

Katie Markey McLaughlin | Posted 10.26.2015 | Parents
Katie Markey McLaughlin

The stats clearly demonstrate that people we know -- people we openly invite into our homes, people we willingly give one-on-one access to our kids -- are much more likely to be the ones to hurt them.

Rita Ora Opens Up About Sexual Abuse At Age 14

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 10.26.2015 | Entertainment

British singer Rita Ora revealed in a new biography, Hot Right Now, that she had been the victim of childhood sexual abuse at age 14. The "X Factor" j...

Covering the Abyss With Trance

Khwaja Khusro Tariq | Posted 10.20.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Khwaja Khusro Tariq

In psychiatry however, with the limited amount of success that we achieve with existing tools, we would be amiss to ignore the power of the dream. It will be a long time, if ever, before we understand human emotion at an elemental cellular or neurochemical level. The time to help those in the abyss is now.

PTSD: The Illness I Couldn't See

Amy Oestreicher | Posted 10.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Oestreicher

PTSD has not broken me. It's taken me apart, and I'm reassembling myself day by day. In the meantime, I'm learning to love what I can build.

Why Police Should Focus On Breaking Up Violence Against Women, Not Parties

Unwritten | Posted 10.20.2015 | Women

Originally published on Unwritten by Judith Willis. I am very fortunate in that I never been in a physically abusive relationship nor have I known an...

Mass. Problems for Kids Continue

Bill Lichtenstein | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics
Bill Lichtenstein

Five years ago, after seeing first hand what was going on at the Mass. Department of Children and Families, it was clear that the agency had rotted out from within, and that what was needed was not reforms, but for someone to turn the department upside down, and vigorously shake.

Soap Star's Pattern Of Forming Unhealthy Bonds Began In Preschool

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 10.02.2015 | OWN

In her long-standing role of Angie on "All My Children," actress Debbi Morgan became well known as one half of a popular love-struck couple, together ...

The Meaning of the Pope's Prison Speech According to an Ex-Con

Chandra Bozelko | Posted 09.30.2015 | Crime
Chandra Bozelko

Pope Francis' speech at the Curran-Frumhold Correctional Facility was not explicit in any one message. Throughout, the Pope referenced Jesus' washing of the disciples' feet and taught about service, not serving time, but people in power serving others regardless of their present status.

6 Ways To Discipline Teens

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 09.29.2016 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

We can all agree that it is easier to to discipline little kids than it is to discipline teens, right? I think that I can hear a collective yes in the background.

#FreedomForKesha Is an Important Stand Against Rape Culture

Sean O'Toole | Posted 09.25.2016 | Women
Sean O'Toole

This week it was announced that singer-songwriter, Kesha Rose Sebert has sought an injunction against Dr Luke (Lucasz Gottwald) and Sony Music, in an effort to speed up a suit she had brought against Gottwald in October 2014 for sexual assault, battery, sexual harassment, gender violence, emotional abuse and the violation of California business practices.

Into the Depths of Depression and the Journey Out: An Interview with Three Generations of African American Female Poets

Catalina Sofia Dansberger Duque | Posted 09.25.2016 | Arts
Catalina Sofia Dansberger Duque

In honor of National Suicide Prevention Month the authors of Design of A Woman: LaTerra Wise, Lisa Wright, and Amanda Milbourne break the silence too often felt by women in faith communities, to share some of the experiences that have shaped their poems.