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Tonya is a Social Justice Info Expert with over 23 years experience. She holds a BS in Organizational Management & Development. Her cat MiaBelle is her co-writer.
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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 […]

World Wide Roundup of This Week's Best Online Content Related to Rape & Abuse

World Wide Roundup of This Week’s Best Online Content Related to Rape & Abuse

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Tonya is a Social Justice Info Expert with over 23 years experience. She holds a BS in Organizational Management & Development. Her cat MiaBelle is her co-writer.
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Come under the Light The Sex Abuse to Prison Pipeline: How Girls of Color are Unjustly Arrested and Incarcerated Why Aren’t More Crisis Hotlines Offering Chat-Based Help? New Tool Will Soon Be Available Aimed At Helping Parents of Sexually Abused Kids Empathy is Actually a Choice Health and Wellness 10 Ways to Take Care of Ourselves […]

6 Quotes to Refill Survivors When Society Drains Us

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Tonya is a Social Justice Info Expert with over 23 years experience. She holds a BS in Organizational Management & Development. Her cat MiaBelle is her co-writer.
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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 […]

My Mama said Keep Slaying these Dragons

My Mama said Keep Slaying these Dragons

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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 […]

4 Critical Takeaways from the Bill Cosby Tragedy for Celeb Pals, Fans, & the Public

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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 […]

Letter from an Angry Survivor of Sexual Violence about this Bill Cosby Tragedy

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Tonya is a Social Justice Info Expert with over 23 years experience. She holds a BS in Organizational Management & Development. Her cat MiaBelle is her co-writer.
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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 […]

The Hideous Scars of Child Sexual Abuse: Self Doubt

The Hideous Scars of Child Sexual Abuse: Self Doubt

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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 […]

How to Protect Kids from Sexual Abuse This Summer

How to Protect Kids from Sexual Abuse This Summer

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I know.  This time of year the kids are here, there, and everywhere. No school means they have a lot of time on their hands. Mama can we go…..?  Dad can we go……? I don’t mean to terrify you even more than you already are but…. Here are the bigger questions? Is your child going […]

Why domestic violence advocates say the best way to help survivors is to give them back control

Why domestic violence advocates say the best way to help survivors is to give them back control

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Abusers control. That’s their No. 1 tactic to keep domestic abuse survivors simultaneously afraid of them and yet reluctant to leave them. Be it controlling a survivor’s ability to go places, hold a job or access money, see friends or family, keep their children, what sexual decisions to make, or, by using some other form […]

The Right to Die of Suicide from Mental Suffering

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Yesterday there was a discussion on a social media page that I follow.  Suicide. That’s what we were discussing. There was this one guy who was leaning in on the point  that suicide is an option for some.  He seemed to assert that for some the pain is so great that is a valid option. […]

The Truth About Child’s Play and Child Sexual Abuse

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Before I typed this, I stared at the blinking cursor for quite some time. A whole lot longer than it usually takes me. I still can’t believe how hard it is to talk about. As difficult as child sexual abuse is to talk about, I have to admit that it is easier when the person who […]

Mail Order Domestic Violence

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Tonya is a Social Justice Info Expert with over 23 years experience. She holds a BS in Organizational Management & Development. Her cat MiaBelle is her co-writer.
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(revised from original post 7/1/15) After the RiceLila married Jack. Things were fairy tale for a long time. And then the abuse started. Then it stopped. Then it never stopped. Lila Lila was gorgeous. In a way that was genuinely unforgettable. Meet her one time and you would remember both her name and face forever. […]

Who is Hosting the 2015 Awards Ceremony for Rapists and Abusers

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Tonya is a Social Justice Info Expert with over 23 years experience. She holds a BS in Organizational Management & Development. Her cat MiaBelle is her co-writer.
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Oh come on.  Surely someone must be.  I mean with all of these defenders there has to be.Just this week yet another high profile celebrity apologized for abusing “underage” girls.  (PR speak for kids.)And there it was. Right on time.  The swift embrace of child sexual abusers.Picture the biblical story of the Prodigal son. When rapists […]

Survivors of Abuse and Baggage Handling

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“It’s handled!”I love when Olivia says this!For those who don’t know. Olivia is Olivia Pope. On Thursdays my entire home must go silent. All emergencies must be rescheduled to a more convenient time.Olivia Pope is the lead fictional character on the ABC television show Scandal. She is based on real life crisis manager Judy Smith.She is a fixer. She […]

How What We Don’t Know About Suicide is Killing People

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Tonya is a Social Justice Info Expert with over 23 years experience. She holds a BS in Organizational Management & Development. Her cat MiaBelle is her co-writer.
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According to the CDC:   In 2013 (the most recent year for which full data are available), 41,149 suicides were reported, making suicide the 10th leading cause of death for Americans. In that year, someone in the country died by suicide every 12.9 minutes.I read an article online about a young accomplished woman who died of […]

An Open Letter to My Fellow Christians about Sex Abuse

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Tonya is a Social Justice Info Expert with over 23 years experience. She holds a BS in Organizational Management & Development. Her cat MiaBelle is her co-writer.
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Re: Rape, sexual violence, molestation, and child sexual abuseI can very easily recall my last suicide attempt.It was years ago, but my mind always remembers it like it was just the other day or something.I remember coming home from the hospital. They had pumped my stomach, again. I was a burning furnace.I was angry. I had […]

The Truth about Child Sexual Abuse & Respect

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Tonya is a Social Justice Info Expert with over 23 years experience. She holds a BS in Organizational Management & Development. Her cat MiaBelle is her co-writer.
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Someone once gave me this well-meaning parenting advice once:“Always teach children to respect their elders by teaching them to refer to adults as “Mr.” and “Ms.” I get the spirit of this advice.Respect for elders & adults were huge in my mom’s home. We were raised to show ALL adults a high level of respect. No […]

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