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Woman Paralyzed In Deadly California Balcony Collapse Vows To Live 'Fulfilling Life,' Honor Victims

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 06.29.2015 | Good News

After surviving a tragedy, this woman has decided to honor those who died. A balcony in Berkeley, California, collapsed last week, killing six Iri...

9 Harrowing Images That Capture The Lasting Impact Of Sexual Assault

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 06.24.2015 | Women

Survivors of assault and abuse are sharing their experiences on a powerful new Tumblr, Lasting Impact. (Story continues below.) Founder Ali...

Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence in the Digital Age

Toni G. Atkins | Posted 06.10.2015 | Women
Toni G. Atkins

The greatest lifeline available is a strong support network of friends and family who can provide shelter and care. If access to cell phones and the vital contacts they contain is cut off, this support system is weakened. It is crucial that we give victims a way communicate with their loved ones to maintain a degree of normalcy in their lives.

'Taking it to the Hill' in Washington D.C., Largest Group of Brain Tumor Advocates Meet with Senators and Congress

Debbie Davis | Posted 05.07.2015 | Impact
Debbie Davis

While this is an annual event that is coordinated by the National Brain Tumor Society, (the largest non-profit focused on brain tumor research and advocacy), this years event was the largest of its kind and biggest group thus far.

An Impenetrable Strength: Don't Underestimate Survivors of Trafficking

Elisabeth Corey | Posted 06.09.2015 | Impact
Elisabeth Corey

I am not special in the survivor community. But I think I needed to deal with the stress of the uncertainty by creating a reason that I was special, that I wouldn't fail. It made me feel safer.

Debt and the Deceased: How Should Spouses and Heirs Proceed?

Jason Alderman | Posted 06.01.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

Anyone can die leaving debt behind. Spouses and families should help prepare or revise estate plans to address current credit issues and create an action plan for the possibility of remaining debt after the borrower dies.

The Resilient and Heroic Women of South Sudan

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

When it comes to tackling sexual and gender based violence, as well as gender equality, it's time for leaders in South Sudan and the international community to follow the leadership displayed by Josephine and the inspiring women of South Sudan.

The Truth About Sex Slavery And A Path To Empowerment

Melissa Jun Rowley | Posted 03.08.2015 | Impact
Melissa Jun Rowley

Sex trafficking and prostitution are NOT the same thing. Prostitution is a business between adults. Sex slavery is the recruitment, obtaining, or transportation of a person for the purpose of sexual exploitation against the person's will.

Years After Japan's Earthquake Disaster, A Community Struggles To Pick Up The Pieces

HuffPost Japan | Takeshi Inomoto | Posted 12.29.2014 | World

The Okawa Elementary Shool in Ishinomaki, Japan, was the site of one of the worst tragedies that occurred during the earthquake and subsequent tsunam...

In Palestine, Specialized Prosecutors Ensure Women Survivors' Access to Justice

UN Women | Posted 01.22.2015 | World
UN Women

A 2011 survey of the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics revealed that one-third of women experiencing violence remain silent or seek help from family. Few turn to specialized institutions, and even less to security and justice services.

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?

Time's 'Person of the Year' Spotlights the Crucial Role of Ebola Survivors

Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 02.10.2015 | Science
Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D.

The news that Time magazine has named responders to the Ebola crisis as their Person of the Year casts an overdue light on an underutilized strength in the battle: individuals who have been infected and survived.

Parenting, An Unexpected Trigger

Dawn Daum | Posted 01.12.2015 | Parents
Dawn Daum

I don't know what people picture when they think of someone who would dare admit that she was molested as a child, but I don't think it is me. Nor do I believe it is the face of the several female and male friends of mine who are also survivors living "normal" lives.

After the Wearing of the Pink, the Journey Continues

Carol Bysiek | Posted 12.31.2014 | Women
Carol Bysiek

When the last day of treatment arrives, the release of tension is huge; no more fighting, no more bracing against the assaults on your body, no more indignities to your soul, no more feeling like a science project. Your body is once again your sacred domain and you can close the doors and begin to heal.

From Kigali to Cooperstown: The First Retreat of Rwandan Genocide Survivors Living in America

Samantha Lakin | Posted 11.22.2014 | Impact
Samantha Lakin

Survivors of genocide have specific needs that are different than others who experienced conflict and war, especially in Rwanda. The genocide in Rwanda was intimate which makes the scars deeper and the recovery much harder, and it is time that the world recognizes this fact.

Hope in the Time of Ebola

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 11.03.2014 | Impact
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

It has been an outbreak of terrible human suffering. Sadly, there will be a great deal more suffering before this outbreak is over. But every day there are more reasons to be hopeful.

Why I Care So Much About the Impact of Cancer... My Story

Ann Fry | Posted 10.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Ann Fry

People wonder why I'm a radical advocate for helping people with cancer (or major illness) at work. I often write about corporate responsibility, but I don't often write about what prompted me to do so. You might wonder -- what is it with this woman that she keeps talking about this?

Peace Is More Than the Absence of War

Diana Jenkins | Posted 06.21.2014 | World
Diana Jenkins

I lived a childhood of peace. I experienced war as a teenager. And as an adult, I see how the aftermath of violent conflict transforms communities. Unfortunately, the death and suffering of war does not end when the last bullet whizzes by.

For Rape to End Survivors Need Public Support

Rebecca Nagle | Posted 05.06.2014 | Impact
Rebecca Nagle

Every social injustice is perpetuated by isolating those who are most affected by it. When people are connected and empowered, they can organize to create change. When people are politically and socially isolated, they cannot.

When Survivors Speak Up, Why We Must Listen

Miranda Pacchiana | Posted 04.26.2014 | Impact
Miranda Pacchiana

Dylan Farrow deserves to be in New York Magazine's "brilliant" category for her courage, as well as the comfort and strength her words give to so many. I stand behind Dylan and I call on others to do the same, no matter how uncomfortable the subject matter.

Gender-Based Violence in Cambodia: The Intersection of Rights and Poverty

Gina Reiss-Wilchins | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Gina Reiss-Wilchins

A new report published the Phnom Penh Post paints a picture of women as rights-less creatures who lack standing before the law and resources of their own. So it makes it easy to see how the exploitation and trafficking of women and girls could continue to exist today.

Finding Love in Spite of...

Erin Havel | Posted 02.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Erin Havel

Young adult cancer is not something people dream of when they picture themselves in a romance. Illness, in general, is not socially considered a good stepping stone to finding a bright future relationship. For this couple, and for myself, though, that's exactly where love kicked in.

Suicide and the Art of Boxing

Gerry Gavin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Gerry Gavin

When someone ends their own life, there may be a note, or a reason that is given -- but for everyone who cares for them there will always be that terrible thought in the back of your mind that maybe -- just maybe -- if I had just done...? The blanks that you fill in at the end of that sentence can be endless.

Psychiatry and Hearing Voices: A Dialogue With Eleanor Longden

Allen Frances | Posted 11.27.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

This could be one of my most important blogs. It is an attempt to find common ground between psychiatry and the Hearing Voices Movement (HVM) -- a growing international grassroots effort to help people find meaning in their troubling experiences.

At Last! A National PSA Campaign to End Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

Anna Kegler | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Anna Kegler

Organizations are joining forces to create a nationwide (nationwide!) PSA campaign to address domestic violence and sexual assault. This is no blip on the map -- it's the real deal. It's actually happening.