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.
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.
Could other forms of creative writing address clergy abuse while offering some kind healing? I believe the answer is yes.
How common is the phrase "choose to be a victim"? It is certainly a lot more common than "Choose to make people victims." Simply put, a phrase meant to empower is actually disempowering and perpetuates dangerous myths about sexual abuse and sexual assault.
Last year, French peacekeepers in the Central African Republic reportedly sexually abused boys who were trying to subsist at a camp for those displaced by a brutal, ongoing conflict.
These people are sitting next to you at work. They are your neighbor. The mom that you see every morning, walking her kids to school. The corporate guy who has to travel for his job, who has always seemed to be a great family man, that you hear is suddenly separated from his wife. People who have been sexually abused, and were not believed.
I see articles all the time encouraging moms to take time for themselves and get away for a quick break. I have written a lot of them, and I fully agree with the sentiment. But a problem I always face with this is fear. I am very reluctant to leave my kids with anyone other than myself or my husband (we do not have family close by). What if something ever happened? What if someone ever abused my child while I was gone?
A few words from Pope Francis' visit to the US should be seen as timely reminders on three very contentious issues in the world today. I believe they are worth highlighting in view of the impassioned views they evoke in national and international news coverage.
Originally published on Unwritten by Rachel Connell. It always baffles me how stories of celebrity breakups, nose jobs, and copyright infractions win...
There is a saying, "The madness stops here." You'll hear me say that often. The madness stops here. It means that my background is not my children's....
As someone who has worked on college campuses to educate men and women about sexual assault and consent, I have seen the barriers to raising awareness and changing attitudes. Chief among them, in my experience, is a sense of skepticism.
On midday Sunday, as the pope went about his schedule in Philadelphia, the final day of his American trip, the Vatican issued a statement in carefully-controlled script saying the pope had met with three women and two men who had been sexually abused as children.
The flood of benevolent media coverage for Francis would seem a form of respite to the beleaguered archbishop of Philadelphia, Charles Chaput, who has closed parishes in dealing with deficits from scandal-driven legal bills. But for David Clohessy, director of SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests), the prospects of Francis meeting with survivors held scant hope.
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.
Considering these factors and our cultural context together, it becomes clear that change will not come easily or quickly. Yet, with thoughtful, specialized outreach, we can and should find ways to reach students during this psychologically and emotionally tumultuous time of their adult lives.
Prejudgment, false conception, and assumptions are a few of the many things that foster kids deal with on a constant basis. Unless they have lived it, breathed it and endured through it, many don't know what a lot of foster kids go through.