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Childhood Sexual Abuse

Why We Should All Be Worried About Honey Boo Boo

Dawn Q Landau | Posted 05.05.2015 | Fifty
Dawn Q Landau

If TLC and Honey Boo Boo's family wanted to do a reality show, it could have been an infinitely meaningful dose of reality to talk about preventing sexual abuse, what to look for, and keeping our children safe -- keeping Honey Boo Boo safe.

Raising A Girl As A Survivor

Dawn Daum | Posted 02.15.2015 | Parents
Dawn Daum

If we don't speak up, who will? If we don't educate our children and our communities, who will? If we don't eradicate shame and be the strong women that we can only hope our daughters will someday be, than who will?

Healing by Degrees

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 01.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

For me, truth lies in the faith of forgiveness, and when I surrender to this "faith of forgiveness," a newfound freedom enters my life. I don't believe that forgiveness is a one-time act, but rather an unfolding process.

Parenting Survivors of Childhood Abuse Need a Voice

Dawn Daum | Posted 01.03.2015 | Parents
Dawn Daum

I am a mom, and I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Once being a survivor started to interfere with my ability to be a "normal" mom, I started paying more attention to how and why the two identities were connected.

The Next Big (Small) Thing for #TheStitch...

Matt Pipkin | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact
Matt Pipkin

While sharing about BLVR's investment in us, I shared my personal story of being sexually abused by a family friend when I was six, keeping it secret until after graduating college, and about the heavy toll it took on my life.

This Is Why I'm Not a Reluctant Feminist

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 11.25.2014 | Women
Jean-Paul Bedard

I believe that men no longer have the "luxury" to sit back and expect that gender equality will magically arrive. I challenge all the men in my life to join me in actively creating an environment of real equality.

In the Company of Words and Strangers

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 11.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

We all know far too well that aching disconnect between who we really are and what we project into the world. For many of us, we consciously choose to disappear -- to be "less than" because the fear of allowing ourselves to be completely "exposed."

Where Beauty Is Found

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 10.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

Throughout the years, running has meant many different things to me. It's been an escape from my problems, a way to empty my mind of stress, and most recently, a spiritual awakening to engaging in a life with greater purpose.

The Art of Coming Completely Undone

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 09.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

Four months ago, with the help of my wife and therapy team, I did something I never imagined I could do -- I walked into the police station and made a video deposition against one of the men who sexually abused me when I was a trusting child.

Notes From the Margins

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 09.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

Shifting my outlook in this way has allowed me to be more attuned to what I like to call "signposts" that help me along the way. I thought I would share with you a few of those "signposts" that I've stumbled upon this past week.

Do You Sink or Float?

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 09.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

As a writer, I'm always looking for inspiration, and this can come from the strangest of places. My days are spent walking that tightrope between keeping my monkey mind quiet while simultaneously trying to be amped up and creative.

Are You Cultivating Resiliency?

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 09.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

There is a mysterious force underlying everything in this world, and it has an unseen hand in all parts of our life from our job, to our relationships...

If Not Now, When?

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

I make no secret that I am an addict in recovery, and this has meant devoting myself to, in the words of the AA literature, "clearing away the wreckag...

It May Just Be Time to Unlock Your Inner Kid!

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 09.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

The antidote to this shame is joy, and I believe that this joy can be found in play. As we all know, joy can never be held in or tethered -- it can only live if we release it, and it is within this release that my freedom will be found.

Buckle Up -- Things Are Getting Real With #TheStitch!

Matt Pipkin | Posted 09.01.2014 | Impact
Matt Pipkin

You know those seasons in life that you look back on and think, "Whew, those were some amazing times!"? Well, that's how we're going to look back on what's happening right now.

I Found My Story in Me

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 06.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

My wife was giving a television interview yesterday and she said: "My husband is the bravest man I know." Just writing those words makes me cry, but ...

Are You Willing to Let Go?

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 05.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

One of the joys of writing is simply trusting that an article, a movie, or even a snippet of a conversation can be the spark to ignite the creative im...

WATCH: Woman Secretly Records Confrontation With Alleged Childhood Rapist

David Lohr | Posted 01.25.2014 | Crime

A California woman has posted video of a confrontation with a woman she says sexually abused her nearly 16 years ago. "Why did you do that," Jamie ...

KOKUMỌ: Transgender Recording Artist and Activist Talks About Her New EP and What Empowerment for T.G.I. People of Color Means

Laverne Cox | Posted 05.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Laverne Cox

"I am a survivor of sexual abuse and domestic violence. I'm from the South side of Chicago. You know from a lower-middle-class family. I'm dark skinned. I'm plus-sized. I'm afro-centric and therefore I'm marginalized even within the margins."

Condemnation, Compassion and the Complexity of Abuse

Martin Moran | Posted 03.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Martin Moran

My shame is ancient, intractable. Shame that I allowed it to happen, that I gave in to the wild, confusing pleasure of sex with him. I remained terrified, frozen in the bond of it, until I wrote a book that added an honest voice to the complexity of childhood sexual abuse.

The Belgians Make Washington Look Bad

Marci Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marci Hamilton

Since the massive cover-up of the Church's secret handling of child sexual abuse by its priests first broke in 2002, thousands of victims across the U.S. have demanded accountability.

New York Center for Children Offers Hope after Child Abuse

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jim Luce

The next benefit for the New York Center for Children is Tuesday night, Feb. 2. Called "A Toast to The New York Center for Children," the travel auc...

I ♥ Dr. Laura Berman, Sex Expert Extraordinaire

Leeat Granek, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Leeat Granek, Ph.D.

70% of women have faked an orgasm at least once, if not multiple times. Clearly, many women are not having a great time in bed, and are so eager to get it over with they fake it to be "finished already."