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Family Violence

Domestic Violence: Silence Is Its Greatest Ally

Kristen Lewis | Posted 04.05.2015 | Impact
Kristen Lewis

Domestic violence is a pervasive, complicated public health issue that requires an equally pervasive and multi-layered response.

12-Year-Old Queens Girl Shot In Head Calls 911 After Father Murders Family

AP | Posted 01.26.2015 | Crime

NEW YORK (AP) -- In the quiet of a pre-dawn Saturday on a dead-end street, a father came home and shot his family in their heads, leaving women in thr...

Unaccompanied and Unnoticed: Saving Our Homeless Youth

Eric Rice | Posted 03.20.2015 | Impact
Eric Rice

The recent publication of "America's Youngest Outcasts" by the National Center on Family Homelessness reports a staggering 2.5 million homeless children under the age of 18. Justifiably, this news has people in an uproar.

I'm So Glad This Animal Welfare Group Is Donating Children's Books to Domestic Violence Shelters

Jen Reeder | Posted 01.26.2015 | Impact
Jen Reeder

The other day I heard some news that made my heart do a happy dance: the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) recently donated picture books about pets to children in over 600 domestic violence shelters across the U.S.

Four Things the NFL Can Do to Stop Abuse and Keep Players on the Field

Jane Ellen Stevens | Posted 11.26.2014 | Sports
Jane Ellen Stevens

By learning about the science of childhood adversity, and following the lead of many other organizations that are becoming trauma-informed, the NFL could have players whose families are happier and healthier, it could have better players.

Rice and Peterson: A Double Standard for Violence

Paul Mones | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Paul Mones

The Peterson and Rice cases demonstrate the need for a serious national dialogue on ending all forms of physical punishment of children.

What You Haven't Heard in Coverage of the Adrian Peterson Child Abuse Allegations

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 11.18.2014 | Sports
Christopher A. Brown

Taking a switch to a 4-year-old in today's world, or in the world of the recent or distant past, is simply a form of abusive, fear-based punishment meant to inflict pain. It in no way teaches or guides.

A Reminder That The Path To Domestic Violence Starts Far Before The First Punch

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 09.10.2014 | Women

“When I grow I won’t be seen or heard.” That's how a young girl begins a powerful four-minute domestic violence PSA. Published on Sept. 4 by ...

Why Mayor Bloomberg Declared January 24 Joe Torre Day

Judy Shapiro | Posted 04.08.2013 | New York
Judy Shapiro

Joe's own difficult childhood exposure to family violence made him acutely sensitive of the fact that if kids at risk can find a safe place of support, it would be enough to break the cycle.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Epilogue)

James Stack | Posted 12.14.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

All I could think about was Daddy. Not the man who had held the gun, but the man who used to come into my room and tuck me in at night, the man who would talk to me until I fell asleep, the man who would help me in my times of worry and distress.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 24)

James Stack | Posted 12.13.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Daddy was going deeper and deeper into his own imaginary world -- a world where alcohol made him a man, gave him a sense of wealth, and provided him with something no human would ever be able to give him.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 23)

James Stack | Posted 12.07.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

I kept thinking about what had happened. Daddy had tried to kill Matthew and Mark, and we had kicked him out of the camper and left him in Canada. I'd been left behind once and had had to walk home. What if Daddy had to walk all the way to South Carolina?

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 22)

James Stack | Posted 12.06.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

We were rocking out as we pulled up to the United States border. And then I was suddenly afraid. Daddy wasn't with us, it was after midnight, and our leaving at this hour was, to my mind, a little suspicious.

'Daddy Pulled Out One Of The Pistols'... Fearless Memoir: 'World's Fair,' Chapter 21

James Stack | Posted 11.30.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Daddy's expression was twisted with fury and madness. Suddenly the fiend in him focused in on the drawer beside the sink. With his one free hand, he reached over, opened the drawer, and pulled out one of the pistols.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 20)

James Stack | Posted 11.29.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

There we were, torn down the middle, loving our father but hating his drinking. We'd all seen the movie Days of Wine and Roses. Jack Lemmon had been able to quit drinking in the movie. Why not Daddy?

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 19)

James Stack | Posted 11.23.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

"Daddy's been arrested for public drunkenness," Gee said finally. "The security man told me Daddy was sleeping it off, and that he'll be returned to us at the campsite in the morning."

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 18)

James Stack | Posted 11.22.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

My feet refused to move; they were glued to the ground. I looked down at them and said out loud, "Move, damn it! Why won't you move?" But they wouldn't budge. It was at this moment that I realized I was terror-stricken -- gripped in the claws of fear.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 17)

James Stack | Posted 11.16.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Daddy walked over to me and put his hand on my shoulder. "Wait till you're older to try and smoke," he said. "There's no need to rush it. And please, whatever you do, don't smoke oval cigarettes in pink paper with a silver filter."

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 16)

James Stack | Posted 11.15.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Gee and I found ourselves in the camper with Matthew, who had assumed a prissy attitude. He restated that we had come to the World's Fair as a family and that we should go to the exhibits as a family. We agreed, but what could we do? None of us wanted to spend the day in a bar.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 15)

James Stack | Posted 11.09.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

I loved I Dream of Jeannie and always thought it would be great to have a genie in a bottle who would grant me three wishes. I'd probably end up forfeiting one of my wishes to get Daddy to stop drinking, because all that came out of his bottle was the devil.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 14)

James Stack | Posted 11.08.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Daddy wanted to go back to the Brewers' Pavilion because they'd seemed to like people who drank, so he knew he wouldn't be cut off the booze chain.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 13)

James Stack | Posted 11.02.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Daddy ordered a beer as soon as we were seated, and a second one before we had ordered. He was on his fifth by the time we had finished eating. As he tapped on his empty glass, Gee said, "Daddy, I think you've had enough."

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 12)

James Stack | Posted 11.01.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

I let my pants drop to the floor and stepped out of them as I wrapped my towel around my waist and slid out of my boxers. I looked over to my right and there was a man with a big smile on his face. I was screwed. Even the adults were going to laugh at me.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 11)

James Stack | Posted 10.26.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

"How would you like a beer?" Daddy asked Gee. Then, before she could answer, he said, "Well, if you want one we'll have to stop 'cause there aren't any." Here he was, one minute being belligerent and the next being Mr. Nice Guy now that he needed someone to provide him with alcohol.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 10)

James Stack | Posted 10.25.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Gee had kept her eyes on Daddy, who was now smiling and licking his lips. It hadn't taken his nose long to smell alcohol. In fact, not too far from the United States Pavilion was, of all things, the Canadian Brewer's Pavilion. Daddy had a nose for hops because he started off in that direction. Gee motioned for us to follow.