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A new vision for crime victims

The Vera Institute of Justice | Posted 11.04.2016 | Crime
The Vera Institute of Justice

By the chairs of the Downstate Coalition for Crime Victims and the Downstate Coalition Racial Justice and Legislative Committees Christopher Bromson...

Rape Culture On My Newsfeed

Alexandra Owens | Posted 10.23.2016 | Women
Alexandra Owens

Did you cringe as you read those words? Did a small part of you wonder if "I deserved it?" Does it matter what I was wearing, or how I was acting? Will you look at me differently? Do you even believe me?

Preventing Crimes And Suffering Through Justice

Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi | Posted 07.15.2016 | World
Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi

In our own lifetimes, in conflicts unfolding even today, atrocities have been planned and executed, leaving behind victims of widespread or systematic crimes. Societies across the globe have been deeply scarred and divided by crimes such as attacks on civilians, murder, using child soldiers and rape as a tool of war. Violence in one place inevitably causes instability in others. For some, this may seem a distant if disturbing fact, but for hundreds of thousands of others, it is their only reality.

These Are The People Killed And Injured In The Dallas Attack

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 07.08.2016 | Crime

Details emerged Friday about the five officers killed during a sniper attack at a Black Lives Matter rally in Dallas, Texas, with their families and f...

These Are The People Who Lost Their Lives In Istanbul's Airport Attack

The Huffington Post | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 07.02.2016 | World

Turkey observed a day of national mourning this week to grieve the nearly four dozen people who died in a triple suicide bombing on June 28 at the cou...

Suicide: In Italy It's An Epidemic

Christina Pacella | Posted 06.22.2016 | Impact
Christina Pacella

I'm Not Killing Myself Committee Where in the world could one find a committee called "I'm not killing myself"? A rather shocking title, to say the...

‘My So-Called Life’ Star: Don’t ‘Whitewash’ The Victims Of The Orlando Shooting

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 06.15.2016 | Latino Voices

In the days following the massacre in Orlando, actor Wilson Cruz has found himself wanting to scream, but "just kind of breaking down" instead. Cruz'...

Remembering Fathers Who Have Been Victimized By Violence

The Vera Institute of Justice | Posted 06.13.2016 | Black Voices
The Vera Institute of Justice

Father's Day allows us to take stock of the important role fathers and father figures play in the lives of children. Over the years, a growing body of research has consistently demonstrated the value of positive involvement by fathers.

John Oliver Has A Heartfelt Message For Orlando

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 06.13.2016 | Entertainment

It's hard to put our feelings into words after the horrifying mass shooting in Orlando on Sunday morning, but John Oliver did his best while starting ...

Alcohol Doesn't Cause Rape--Rapists Do

Mary Cate Hickman | Posted 06.08.2016 | Religion
Mary Cate Hickman

I just had a conversation with my sister, Genny, about the Stanford rape case, you know, the one that won't get off your Facebook newsfeed. To briefly...

Liberation From Victimization

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 05.23.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

We won't be able to completely escape being victimized by predatory behavior. However, we can take measures that help to avoid unnecessary harm. Here are some tools that can help empower us:

Why Ancient Archetypes Matter and How to Use Them

Shakti Sutriasa, LCSW, MA | Posted 05.18.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Shakti Sutriasa, LCSW, MA

Since I was a girl, I've been obsessed with myths and legends, the hero's journey and the fight between good and evil. In college, I discovered Carl ...

'Daze of Justice' Explores Cambodia's Trauma of Silence

Andrew Lam | Posted 07.14.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Andrew Lam

In the early 90s while a graduate student in the creative writing program at San Francisco State University, I became a cub reporter and got a juicy a...

Confusion About Collusion

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 05.02.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

Rather than collude or speak hard-heartedly, we can learn to speak our truths, accompanied by compassion. Such a skill calls for life-long development. Let's look at what this means:

'No Victims' Leadership: The Road Out of Hell

Robert Hall | Posted 04.08.2016 | Business
Robert Hall

We must picture hell as a state where everyone is perpetually concerned about his own dignity and advancement and where everyone has a grievance. C.S....

'The Widow,' A Conversation with Fiona Barton

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 02.16.2016 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Fiona Barton is a British journalist who, while working for the Sunday Mail and the Daily Telegraph, spent a great deal of time in court covering trials. This exposure provided the creative spark for Fiona's debut novel.

Child Pornography Victims Ignored and Forgotten in the Halls of Congress

James R. Marsh | Posted 02.12.2016 | Crime
James R. Marsh

One year ago today, the United States Senate, in one of its first acts of the 114th Congress, passed the Amy and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restit...

Victims of Human Trafficking Must Be Treated As Victims

Preston Shipp | Posted 01.29.2016 | Crime
Preston Shipp

As we commemorate Human Trafficking Awareness month, we should be especially concerned with healing victims of the kind of trauma caused by being trafficked for sex, even if those victims have acted out violently.

The Victims We Have Created Within Ourselves

Sumer Shaikh | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
Sumer Shaikh

We need to maintain diversity in our counter-movement against ISIS. But that diversity should be molded into a unified foundation based on the fact that ISIS is a horrific group of ignorant, violent and inhuman people who need to be stopped.


Jason Shulman | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Jason Shulman

Guns are quiet manipulators of what we see and believe as well. One thing their hidden prismatic activity does is accentuate the division of the world into victims and victimizers. This lens also accentuates a sense of innate fear of others as opposed to an innate sense of safety.

When Forgiveness Isn't a Virtue

The Establishment | Posted 12.30.2016 | Women
The Establishment

My own lived experience and the experience of reading hundreds of letters from survivors of abuse has led me to this conclusion: You don't have to forgive anybody ever. Further, forgiveness can be bad for you.

The Cosby Phenomenon and What to Do About It

Christine M. Ristaino | Posted 12.22.2016 | Women
Christine M. Ristaino

With unacceptable numbers of rapes on college campuses, crimes on the rise, and the number of Cosby accusers at an all-time high, it's time our society finally take seriously accusations about rape and violence. For most victims of violence, coming out to society is painful and humiliating.

The Emotional Vampire Holiday Survival Guide

Judith Orloff MD | Posted 12.16.2016 | Healthy Living
Judith Orloff MD

This concept struck such a collective chord in my book Positive Energy that in Emotional Freedom I illustrate how it applies to protecting your emotions and not absorbing other people's negativity. In the book I discuss these vampires to watch for and ways to deal with them.

Everything Is a Choice

Jamie Scanlon | Posted 11.25.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Jamie Scanlon

I firmly believe this. I believe that we choose to incarnate into a particular being, a lifetime, an experience, in order to fulfil our soul's journey...

It's No Longer Just Charlie, It's Dozens of Parisians Killed Tonight

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 11.13.2016 | World
Sidonie Sawyer

The wounds are not yet closed, and my heart is bleeding again. All my family and friends in Paris are safe. Not everybody can say that tonight.