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How to Break Through Group Think and Get Your Message Delivered

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You might have heard of a concept called “group think”.   Short version: It means when everyone goes along in the same direction because that is what they are used to.  They almost do it habitually.  Like a routine They forgot ‘why’ a long time ago.  In fact, the ‘why’ doesn’t even matter to them anymore.  Nevertheless, they will defend it to the death. Example:  In my early years of marriage,

Tonya's Top Picks for Best Sexual & Domestic Violence Storytelling for Survivors

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One of my best writing teachers taught me a great lesson.   Read, read, read.  Write, write, write. The best way to learn to write is to study the story telling skills of others.   Like building a house.  Now, we take our materials and build on top of that.  How about we come up with some great books that help.  But will anyone listen? I’ll admit.   It is

How Survivors Can Preserve the Lessons from Their Experiences for Storytelling

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Now, in order to tell your story you are going to need the details of your stories. No one can tell your story like you can.  Survivors have some of the most fascinating stories ever.  Why?   1.Stories of good vs. evil are of great interest to people from the time that they are small children.  Good vs. evil is the core of most fairy tales. Sexual/domestic abuse is truly

Survivors Have the Right to Tell Their Stories

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SilenceYou have the right to remain silent. I learned about the Miranda rights case in my 8th grade Civics class.Great lesson. Remaining silent can actually keep you out of prison. Got it.That was pretty easy. That went right along with the family’s commandment. “Don’t put all your business in the street.”  SpeakingBut who teaches when to speak? Who teaches us how to speak? Specifically, who teaches us how to talk about rape or sexual abuse?There are no classes for

Welcome the Week with Wisdom: 7 Little Known Quotes from Resilient Folks

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How  Perseverance Can Take You Directly to Your Passion and Purpose

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Survivors Welcome the Week with Wisdom: 7 Quotes on Healing

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And a bonus…… Make this week a great one. Take in all of the lessons and the blessings.  Fail, succeed, grow, survive, and thrive! You got this.

High Five From WESurvive: Lavon Morris Grant A Spiritual Miracle

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In early 2002 or so a group of us Women of Color working in sexual and domestic drove down from Virginia to North Carolina to a two-day conference.  It was a Women of Color conference.   There weren’t many being held in the southern region.  So at that time, nearby states drove to support one another just in case other people had “other things to do”.  (Still that way in too

Is this the Real Truth about Sexual Violence that No One Wants to Say Out Loud

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Okay. True stuff.   I have a condition called fibromyalgia.   I know. Most people have never heard of it, but it has been known about for centuries.  All I can tell you is I am in physical pain 24/7 365.  I am exhausted, etc. etc. etc. But I am also happy, filled with joy, love, hope, gratitude, humor, wisdom, and curiosity. So, I’m blessed. But check this out:   About 2

Lena Dunham, The Duggars & Activists: The Low Down on a Divide in the Activist Community:

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Update: 10/24/2015 While researching another post I discovered that there were several other bloggers and websites who had taken the position that Lena Dunham, by her own admission, had groomed and molested her sister as a child. Add WESurviveAbuse to that list. While I don’t agree with every point of view put forth, I do agree that accountability is important to victims/Survivors and society.  Links are at the bottom of

CLOSED FOR RIOTS: How One Black Woman Riots Against Racism

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  Update:  This was published August 30, 2015. Remember that day? I do. Driver Samuel DuBose was shot in the head by a campus police officer in the head. It was on video. I didn’t want to see it, but it was everywhere. I sobbed that day.    Soon I had to find a way to deal. So I took it old school.  See, racism isn’t new but seeing it

How Anger Helps Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

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Imagine it is your 18th birthday.   A well dressed stranger comes to your home. He has news for you. He tells you that you have inherited $550 million dollars payable upon your 18th birthday.   Hey! That is today. You jump up and down.  Cry, get excited.  Dance.  Think of everything that you will buy. Think of all the people that you will buy great things for.   You calm down a

How  Perseverance Can Take You Directly to Your Passion and Purpose

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Not my son J, but handsome young man. So, I’m on the sidelines of a high school lacrosse game.  The only parent looking like she was going to an evening PTA meeting by the way.  Wearing a catalog model’s blouse with matchy-matchy slacks. All that was missing was the pearls.     Arms distance away from me was the coach from the opposing team needed either a hug or the