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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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My Granny had a saying, “You have got to reach up and git yo self, now.”  She always said it with such a stern voice.  I think because of that I missed the love that was within her message.  She would say this to you if you were outwardly distressed, angry, anxious, or having some […]

What the Church and People of Faith Can Do to Help Victims of Sexual and Domestic Violence

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 Speak on It About 16 years ago I was sitting in service and Pastor Lance Watson was delivering an amazing sermon.  The sermon was on relationships in general.   Let’s just tell the truth and shame the devil. To be honest, I wasn’t in a relationship at the time, so this was one of those Sundays […]

No Gratitude, No Quilt: You May Never Fully Heal From Pain Without Gratitude

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Update! Several months ago, my mom asked me to buy her hair accessories similar to the ones that she once saw me wearing.  I did.   When I got there I asked for the money it cost me. Showed her the receipt and everything. (No, I don’t know what I was thinking. I do think I […]

How Survivors of Sexual & Domestic Violence Can Make History

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Fannie Lou Hamer! Dr. Martin Luther King Jr! Rosa Parks! Angela Davis! Dr. Maya Angelou! Nina Simone! Malcolm X! Names you’ve heard.    Just judging by who is mentioned during Black History Month, it might seem that, in order to make history one must make a name for oneself.    That is how you make […]

3 Powerful Black Women Who Made History Share Experiences with Violence and Abuse

3 Powerful Black Women Who Made History Share Experiences with Violence and Abuse

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revised from 2/22/16 Dorothy Dandridge When the Beyhive stings, it is in part because they are tired of losing talented Black women to racism.   Women like, Dorothy Dandridge.  But for racism, she would have had a career on par with Ava Gardner and Marilyn Monroe.  I first discovered this beautiful woman in middle school.  […]

Silent Lies: Why Black Women Must Continue to Lead the Resistance

Silent Lies: Why Black Women Must Continue to Lead the Resistance

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“I learned how to stand up for myself from the civil rights movement. We learned from you.”   Original post appeared 7/22/15 (updated) Tonya, did you know?   Those were the words spoken to me by the then reigning Ms. Wheelchair VA many, many years ago.    She and I had just presented a workshop together.  […]

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

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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 […]

Survivors Breaking the Rules and Telling the Truth about Healing

Survivors Breaking the Rules and Telling the Truth about Healing

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Today, my mind is tough, resilient, empathetic, compassionate, kind, loving, strategic, and wise. My physical health is a mess.  I have my experiences with rape as a child to thank for that. Every time that I see the headlines panicking about the next health crisis that is out of control I do wonder if they […]

Silent Lies: Why Black Women Must Continue to Lead the Resistance

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I am thankful for every single reader, whether you agreed or disagreed.  Whether you liked a post or hated a post.  We sought to educate, inform, and start conversations.   When it comes to domestic and sexual violence, it is just too silent. In 2015 some of our most popular posts were our quotes. We reviewed the numbers […]

What Racists and Child Rape Apologists Have in Common

What Racists and Child Rape Apologists Have in Common

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Seems like all you have to do is make one simple statement:   The problem of black men who prey upon black  girls/boys must be discussed and addressed.   Just that statement forces hell to come undone.   I don’t think that the child rape apologists realize just how much they have in common with […]

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Welcome the Week With Wisdom: 22 Quotes on Justice

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Everyday silence harvests its victims. Silence is a mortal illness. ~Natalia Ginzberg Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. ~Winston Churchill When I liberate others, I liberate myself. ~Fannie Lou Hamer Law and justice are not always the same. ~Gloria Steinem The […]

Sexual Violence Against Males: No Videos, No Witnesses, and It IS Killing Them

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So last night I was twitter watching one of my favorite shows. Yep, it is a crime show.     You can read about the story here: What I want to talk about is the reaction on social media. **Emotions High As Former Bloomfield Football Player Sentenced In Fatal Stabbing Myths about Teen Boys and Sexual Abuse Well, […]

Welcome the Week with Wisdom: Quotes on Stories & Writing to Nourish Survivors

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?“The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” ~Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie?“I think writing really helps you heal yourself. I think if you write long enough, you will be a healthy person. ~Alice Walker? If […]

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 […]

How Survivors Can Preserve the Lessons from Their Experiences for Storytelling

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In order to tell your story, you are going to need the details. No one can tell your story like you can. And 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. […]

Survivors Have the Right to Tell Their Stories

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Silence You 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.”   Speaking But who […]

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

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

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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 […]

No Justice, No Piece: To Organizations, Movements, & Activists Who Are Not Yet Intersectional

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They say one of the number one reasons that marriages end is because of money.  I understand that.  When I first got married, money was a serious discussion. Right away one of our major differences was the way that we give to charities and causes.  We absolutely did not support the same types of causes.  […]

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