I Will Survive: How Survivor Gloria Gaynor Keeps Inspiring Decades After the Release of Grammy Winning Song

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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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At First I Was… When we have been wounded we must heal.  To do that, I think we all use a combination of tools.  Some of them are good for us.  Some of them ain’t, okay. Some days, I recall the alarm disrupting my sleep, and the sun rudely throwing light into my bedroom.  I didn’t […]

Caught in the Hive: The Youth Lead

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Online Web Conference: Building a Movement to End Child Sexual Abuse                          Sexual Violence Zachary Miller wants to give hope to other survivors of child sexual abuse Congratulations to this courageous young Survivor! Boys’ club ‘a sitting duck’ for child sexual abuse, Anglican ex-priest and […]

Celebrities Called on the Carpet:  WE Survive Abuse 5 Best Posts of 2015

Celebrities Called on the Carpet: WE Survive Abuse 5 Best Posts of 2015

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I don’t mind addressing celebrities in relation to  issues of domestic & sexual violence who use their platforms to shame, intimidate, or otherwise bully alleged and/or actual victims. I don’t like that there is a necessity for it in this society.  I don’t like that other groups and organizations remain selectively silent about some celebrities while […]

How to Get the Truth Around Obstacles of Myths, Lies, & Distraction: Infographics

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Let Me Tell It I once worked as the sexual assault Outreach Advocate for the state of Virginia.  Here is what I learned.  What one thing that I learned is that no human being can tell everyone’s story. It is just impossible. It is why I like to build platforms to give others an opportunity to […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Safe Space is Beyond the Comfort Zone

Safe Space is Beyond the Comfort Zone

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  Folks, I just created another information product.  It really doesn’t come easy. What I mean by that is I love to pass on information and knowledge.   But sometimes creating information products makes me think of those late night sales pitchy things.   Still, I do think that Survivors and allies need specialized products […]

Safety Plan: What Is It? The 7 Best on the Web & Why WE all need one!

Safety Plan: What Is It? The 7 Best on the Web & Why WE all need one!

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                                       Fall Safety Plan A What?   Safety plan:  In the domestic violence advocacy community, a safety plan is a strategy that advocates develop along with victims in order to raise their chances for survival. When a […]

3 Surprising Lessons Kids Taught Me That Will Inspire You This Week

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My son was born fighting for his life.   He was born premature.   That journey could have been a complete nightmare, but it had a lot of blessings sprinkled in there.   But this fight is about a fight I didn’t see coming.  This fight was in daycare.   You’ve Got a Friend When my son started […]

Activists: This is About Power & Control

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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 […]

Deadly Denial: How to Keep Someone Else’s Thinking Errors from Destroying YOUR LIfe

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This week there was an uproar over the racial background of activist Shaun King.  The entire thing was strange to me. My American story isn’t unique for black folks.   He looks more like my mother than any of me and my two siblings.   My maternal family has an interesting history when it comes […]

The Secret for Ending the Cycle of Abusive Relationships and Finding the Healthy One

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A few years ago I went to a few Washington Wizards games with my son. Now, I’m not big on sports.  My poor son had to explain every single moment of the game.    I’m not sure of the details, but I understand that in basketball, rebounds can be a good thing.  All I know […]

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 […]

Safety for Undocumented Victims of Abuse

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From: www.domesticshelters.orgDomestic violence is a crime no one is immune to. No matter a person’s class, status or background, abuse still chooses a victim every nine seconds in the U.S. And when that victim is an illegal immigrant, they often think they have nowhere to turn. Afraid of deportation, they stay silent, enduring the violence regardless […]

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 […]

Mail Order Domestic Violence

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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. […]

Why Other People’s forgiveness may not be for you

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I’m concerned. I have been watching a reality television show about a popular gospel group. I know that people learn lessons from television. I do too.  To an extent. Y’all do know that taking advice from other people about their situations is like taking other people’s prescription medications.  It might not always work.  You need […]

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