Update: This article is a re-post that still applies. I guess it always will. You ever been watching TV in a room full of people and you stand up. No one in the room wants to get up because, the program is too good. So someone says, “Hey, while you’re up……..” That is fine if they want a refill on nachos from the kitchen or something. It isn’t fine if
When I checked out the news this morning, there was a story about a sexual assault on a well known university near my home. Sigh….. It is that time of year again isn’t it? So I decided to share with readers a page that they can bookmark and get a great deal of information from. I wanted to save you some search engine time. In this post I have
There are some ardent supporters of 2016 Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders to whom the Black Lives Matters movement owes a debt of gratitude to. Unfortunately, it isn’t for the reasons that you might be happy about. If you weren’t online this Saturday evening through Sunday evening you were not aware that there was an online riot of sorts on Twitter. Friendly Fire This time it was not the Black
This week we have headlines, a tool kit, latest research studies, and a “new to me” online resource. HEADLINES FBI: Child Abuse ‘Almost at an Epidemic Level’ in U.S.Tens of thousands of children are being sexually exploited each year in the U.S., according to an investigation by the BBC.Is it easier to open up about sexual abuse online by Divya Kaushik Jehovah’s Witnesses Cover Up Child Sex Abuse and Oust a
Imagine being in a room of, I don’t know, 30-50 people, and you hear this: “Oh my goodness, that sounds sooo hard. What do you think we should do about this?” No, it wasn’t something dirty. But then again….. I don’t know. I’m still messed up about it. We were doing dirty work. Social justice work is indeed dirty work. But not that kind of dirty. It was a training/retreat. Nice
Something weird is going on. Here lately, every time that beautiful young women get into a feud white and/or black men come swooping out of nowhere to speak on the issues as if they are experts. Piers Morgan just decided to just call out Black Twitter. That’s fine. Free social media platform. The thing about it is, you know how you’re at home in the midst of something. Then someone
Featured Resource: Stop It Now is one of my favorite resources for parents, teachers, caretakers-everybody! I am devoting this post to their library of Prevention Tools. You must check it out. They have printable tip sheets for families, daycare safety, warning signs, and talking tips. They also offer guidebooks. Please stop by. Bookmark this page. Sign up for their updates. Print out the tip sheets. This information is so
I am the most talkative of my mother’s three children. I think that is how I began to write. Part enjoyment, but yeah, part necessity. I was wearing people out. But it wasn’t until the age of 19/20 that I came into my voice. I remember looking at Marilyn Van Derbur’s professional headshot in the local newspaper of my townie southern city. I don’t know why, but I
I was so drained this weekend. But it is going to be alright. All of this fragmented knowledge about sexual violence is wearing me out! As the beloved old folks around my way used to say, “Look at you, all loud and wrong.” And that meant they were through entertaining your foolishness. Listen, if you are like me, you are drained. So let us power up.
Y’all my Mom wrote me a permission slip this morning. It means the entire world to me. This afternoon during my reflection time, I felt the full value of her words. My mother read my most recent blog posts and she said to me, “You keep slaying those dragons. There are still more being born today so you better slay.” YES! In all the many thousands
So celebrities are still throwing their vocal public support behind accused rapists and child sexual abusers, hunh? Barbra Walters (Woody Allen), Les Brown, Jill Scott, Ben Vereen, Phylicia Rashad, etc. Update: I had left out Whoopi Goldberg. Well, I went back and forth but initially I decided that since she gets paid to give her opinion I will leave her out. And I didn’t think that her first statement “attacked”
Tonight I am angry. That isn’t my default setting though. Usually, I smile so much that I have to consciously tell myself not to do it. That ain’t happening today. For the past 2 years or so I have heard you loud and clear. You didn’t believe all those women when they said that they were raped and drugged. But tonight you learned that Bill Cosby himself said that he
Self-doubt. I think that one reason that some people can’t understand sexual violence is they don’t understand just how complicated it really is. Some people think that after the physical assault, you should be emotionally hurt for a bit maybe. But you’ll be fine, or rather you should be. But WE know that sexual abuse & rape leaves you with scars that can last for a very long time.