The day Prince died, I was walking to the audiologist office to pick out hearing aids, Purple Rain playing on my purple iPod, my lipstick-red walkin...
Even after the physical abuse stopped, Debra was left alone to find the trust and love she should have been given from birth. Only after she found those could she build the courage to forgive the man who took them from her in the first place.
I lived my entire childhood and young adult life feeling incredible hopelessness and shame. I lived with constant worry and self-doubt. I couldn't imagine ever feeling differently. I couldn't imagine having someone in my life who would be able to love me.
A lot of people have gone through this experience. I went through it in my first job. I was one of the smallest there so it didn't take long before they started raining down sexual and emotional assault on me.
At first alcohol seemed to please me and in turn whomever my partner for the moment was going to be. I was uninhibited, I was eager to do what they requested and be ravished myself.
People say that when you are molested or raped, your innocence gets stolen. After having experienced this, which is something I don't often talk about, I can tell you that more than that gets taken.
"Why come forward after all these years?" "Get over it." "Why write about it, what good will it do?" These are things I have heard since I publicly...
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I recently stumbled over the Unconventional Apology Project, a project that shares first-hand stories of triumph over domestic violence in a portrait and interview series, and was reminded of my own experiences. I never told anyone. My husband had an idea, but never knew the details. This is my story.
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Pope Francis just issued his long-awaited statement calling for less judgment and more tolerance. But his statement would have had a more profound impact if he had also called for more judgment, less tolerance of Catholic priests who rape children, and the bishops who protect them.
It took me over a year, almost dropping out of college, and countless nights crying in my freshman dorm room in silence to finally come to terms with the fact that I had been sexually assaulted.
When I was arrested and taken to jail, I thought my life was over. But what I found in that cell saved me. What I found was hope. It was the smallest little speck of hope at first, so small I didn't recognize what it was.
My secret made me sick. All that anger, guilt and confusion. I felt it in my stomach. And two weeks after I turned 18 years old, my stomach exploded due to a blood clot, which later was hypothesized to be caused from a stress ulcer. My molestation was a very stressful secret. Suddenly, my family could keep no secrets.
In recognition of National Youth Violence Prevention Week, April 4-8, I join others in raising awareness about this important issue facing our nation's young people and the parents, educators, and health care providers who care for them.
While it's nothing new for Diane Ravitch to take a swing at former journalist Campbell Brown, her decision to essentially mock Brown's advocacy around the sexual abuse of children is uniquely appalling.