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Safety Planning for Leaving an Abusive Relationship

Avital Zeisler | Posted 09.15.2014 | Women
Avital Zeisler

I want to you to be safe and away from the pain and anguish of an abusive partner. Please take these safety tips into consideration as you get yourself ready to leave. You are entitled to be free from abuse, no matter how unworthy you have been told you are or made to feel.

The Real Questions We Should Be Asking About #WhyIStayed

Megan Foo | Posted 09.15.2014 | Teen
Megan Foo

Scrolling down these tweets, I couldn't help but wonder: how many more women bear the same brunt of intimate partner violence? How many more women struggle to break the vicious cycle of violence and reconciliation that keeps them holding on to abusive relationships?

Out of the Closet on Domestic Abuse: Why I Stayed, Why I Left and Why I Choose Now to Tell My Story

Michele Hunt | Posted 09.12.2014 | Impact
Michele Hunt

It is for my daughter Nicole and women, girls and boys around the world, that I choose the most powerful form of communications on earth to come out of my closet. I want anyone and everyone who is enduring abuse of any kind to please know -- You Are Not Alone!

Behind Elevator Doors: It's Time for All Men to Stand Up Against Domestic Violence

Victor Rivas Rivers | Posted 09.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Victor Rivas Rivers

We should acknowledge that the movement to end violence against women and domestic violence was championed and led by women. The news this week brings a reminder that it's time for men, all men, to be a part of the solution.

One Hour on the Sidewalk

Abby Klinkenberg | Posted 09.11.2014 | Women
Abby Klinkenberg

As a woman, I exist solely to be commented upon -- unsolicited opinions, either positive or negative (their stupidly contrasting judgments only further show the caprice of the male gaze), are mandatory conditions to which I tacitly agree upon entering the public sphere.

Domestic Violence in NFL Bigger than Ray Rice

Areva Martin | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Areva Martin

Millions of women, including myself, across the country are shocked and enraged that it took an elevator surveillance video and the resulting media response to draw attention to domestic violence.

Domestic Violence, Deadly Force and Professional Sports

Avital Zeisler | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Avital Zeisler

Even a little while ago, the Ravens website had posted a comment attributed to Janay Rice that she was basically sorry for her part in the altercation between the two of them. This may indeed be true, as the longer-length footage shows them trading insults and Janay apparently spitting on Ray. I can only ask: So?

Men and Their Anger: Facing the Fire

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 09.10.2014 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

Moses had an anger problem. Actually, his anger got him into trouble on more than one occasion. No, not for hitting a woman; we have no record of him ever doing so, but for allowing his anger to turn into murder on one occasion and disobedience to God on another.

Recovery Is a Full-Time Job

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 08.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Veronica had a lot of reasons to be angry at the world. Born into a family with a history of domestic violence and incest, she never had anything even...

Open Letter to the LCWR: Refuse the Abuse

Carole Ganim | Posted 08.20.2014 | Religion
Carole Ganim

"Meaningful, honest dialogue" may be possible no longer if only one side of the table is trying to engage in the dialogue and the other is delivering a monologue.

The Fear Factor: 5 Ways to Know If Your Relationship Is Scary

Abby Rodman, LICSW | Posted 08.17.2014 | Women
Abby Rodman, LICSW

Fear has no place in a healthy, interpersonal relationship. If you're fearful in your relationship, ask yourself why.

In the Corner Office, You're Not Allowed to Cry

Lisa Chau | Posted 08.15.2014 | Business
Lisa Chau

Professional and material rewards blind society to those who need help. We equate a great resume and large bank account with happiness. Casual observers don't register anything wrong; sufferers are too conflicted about the emptiness they feel.

Lessons From a Skinhead

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 08.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

The contents of this post may be sensitive for readers. Frank Meeink beat the odds; he survived. An Irish-Italian kid, he grew up in the slums of Sou...

Authorities Say Couple Beat, Starved 12-Year-Old Girl

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 08.06.2014 | Crime

Allegations of child abuse have rattled a New York City neighborhood after police revealed that an emaciated 12-year-old was beaten and starved for mo...

James Brown Biopic: Should Life Stories Really Include Fabricated Incidents?

Charles Thomson | Posted 08.13.2014 | Entertainment
Charles Thomson

It is surely irresponsible to insert significant, fictitious incidents into movies marketed as true stories. Besides which, James Brown's life story was about as dramatic as they come. If you can't turn that into a compelling movie without inventing non-existent shotgun fire, nobody's life story is safe.

Shame of the Nation: The Fight to Keep Children Locked Up for Life

Heather Ann Thompson | Posted 08.06.2014 | Crime
Heather Ann Thompson

Ending up here, with thousands of kids imprisoned for life, was by no means inevitable, or even predictable, when we look back in our nation's history. For much of the last two centuries, very few would have accepted the idea that the legal system should treat children exactly like adults, or that a child who breaks the law, even egregiously so, is unredeemable.

Trust: The Church and Facebook

Trey Lyon | Posted 08.05.2014 | Religion
Trey Lyon

You don't undo those things with better packaging, or a new release of an old product. You have to do the deep, soul-baring, painful work of repentance and asking forgiveness -- and do it without caring if this person ever comes to your church or not.

Terrifying Car Ride Urges Women To Never Take A Backseat When It Comes To Domestic Abuse

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.01.2014 | Impact

Many people have experienced uncomfortable cab rides, but few backseat journeys get quite this intense. In the video above, women featured in a soc...

Is It Really OK to Deny Your Spouse Sex?

Vicki Larson | Posted 07.27.2014 | Divorce
Vicki Larson

Do you owe your spouse sex? If you stop having sex with your spouse, is he or she justified in having an affair? Is the denial of sex just as much as a betrayal as infidelity?

How (Not) to Speak of Mark Driscoll

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 07.23.2014 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

Perhaps now more than ever, as much has been disclosed about the internal goings-on at Mars Hill, leading to this obviously difficult "season" for everyone involved, we are at an impasse in how we ought to speak about all of this.

The Fastest-Growing Global Criminal Activity Is More Disturbing Than You Think

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact

At least 100,000 children are estimated to be sexually exploited each year.

Cancer: It's Not All Rainbows and Butterflies

Fiona Finn | Posted 09.09.2014 | Divorce
Fiona Finn

Cancer was a mixed blessing -- proving since my husband couldn't carry me, he didn't deserve to marry me. But cancer didn't just injure my body; it destroyed me emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and financially.

The Power of Meditative Thinking Versus Positive Thinking

Eden Kozlowski | Posted 09.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Eden Kozlowski

With meditation one can learn to be in any scenario and access it from an optimistic stance. When we work together, we focus on seeing the truth of our situations.

Rape Culture, Bob Jones University and the End of Forgiveness

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 08.24.2014 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

After spending the first half of my life in the church, I've come to the conclusion that evangelical culture is largely dysfunctional in its understanding of "forgiveness." And nowhere is this more clearly seen than in the recent report by Al Jazeera America on Bob Jones University.

Removal Of Border Agency's Internal Affairs Chief Raises Alarms

Andrew Becker | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Andrew Becker

James F. Tomsheck's removal as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's chief of internal affairs has raised more alarms about the agency, which has witnessed a dramatic spike in shootings and violence in recent years.