I'm in therapy to cope with PTSD, which I have as a result of childhood sexual abuse. Harley is not a certified therapy dog -- he is simply my therapist's dog -- but he's been sitting in on my sessions for almost two years now. His presence is a comfort. But it wasn't always.
If you want to change the world, if you want to love unconditionally and have compassion for others, that seed must be planted inside of yourself first.
We are part of a wider movement that is changing the tide of the conversation away from blame and shame toward practical healing with quantifiable value.
Voice is a funny thing. It can be lost, found, raised and quelled. It costs nothing, but is worth everything. When I learned that 95 percent of sexual abuse can be prevented through education and awareness, I knew I couldn't run from my story.
Who's in charge of prioritizing man-rules? Aren't there exceptions? Where do we draw the line between ordering chicken wings when our health requires a grilled chicken salad, and abandoning healthiness and happiness altogether to protect a notion that none of us are obligated to defend?
Unless there is physical danger, staying in the relationship while you explore and heal your end of the relationship system will serve you well. Once you have healed your end of your relationship system, it will become very clear to you whether or not your relationship has a chance of becoming loving and caring, or whether it is time to move on.
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We must all become more aware of how to better protect our children and how to recognize and report abuse. We cannot save them all, but maybe we can open our eyes just a little more today to the realities and suffering of children in our midst.
While sexual abuse may be the context of my memoir, it is not my story. My story, in fact, is not about trauma or anything remotely "taboo" -- my story is about transcendence.
Ariel Castro brutalized Michelle Knight physically and emotionally. He would taunt her by saying her family didn't care about her, her family didn't love her. Michelle told Dr. Phil, "It would hurt because I knew my family didn't care.
I have been railing for years against secret settlements in civil matters that conceal information which the public has a right to know. My ire was re...
For me, forgiveness was a decision to stop suffering, to put down a burden that didn't serve me. When I faced and accepted the truth of the past, only then could I see that I'd survived the horror. Only then could I feel my uncensored anger and disappointment and sorrow, and my mother's toxic denial and terror -- along with her love, and her regret.
How many slaves work for you? Paradoxically -- in 2013 -- the question is still very relevant, and you might be surprised by the answer. Depending on where you live, what you buy, what your lifestyle is, you have almost certainly been touched by slavery. Almost nobody is clean.
As I attempt to grow up, I'm realizing breakups don't happen overnight. And as all my ex-boyfriends can testify, clean breaks have never really been my thing. Though the movie is wrapped, my rapist and I will probably be breaking up forever.
Prisons are clearly not an appropriate or safe place for psychiatric patients -- but almost a million are behind bars for crimes that could have been avoided had they received proper community treatment.
As anyone who is tormented would say, PTSD is anything but benign. It is essential that the public understand the need for those affected to have access to treatment. Anything less is re-victimizing those who have already experienced detrimental pain.