High Five from WESurvive: 3 Crucial Life Lessons from Survivor LaQuisha Hall

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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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Survivors are my favorite people.  Hands down, no contest. I love their war stories, their wisdom, their testimony.  They inspire me.  I weep with them.  I serve them. I fight with them in battle. I’d like to bring to your attention some of the awesome Survivors doing great things.  WE call it: High Five from […]

What's In a Name: A Survivor of Child Sexual Abuse names Her Rapist

What’s In a Name: A Survivor of Child Sexual Abuse names Her Rapist

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Did I tell y’all about that time that they printed a speech  I delivered in public in the paper?  Well, that isn’t even the most interesting part.  The most interesting part was deciding whether or not to name the child rapist from my past. I bring this up because of this story that is in […]

Why Does Society Make it Difficult for Survivors of Rape & Abuse to Come Forward? Part 2

Why Does Society Make it Difficult for Survivors of Rape & Abuse to Come Forward? Part 2

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Why Does Society Make it Difficult for Survivors of Rape & Abuse to Come Forward? Part 1     7.  Every choice that you ever made (sexually) is scrutinized.  They have questions. Everybody.   Q: How many intimate partners have you had?   Q: How quickly do you usually decide to sleep with them?  Q: Do […]

Why Does Society Make it Difficult for Survivors of Rape & Abuse to Come Forward? Part 1

Why Does Society Make it Difficult for Survivors of Rape & Abuse to Come Forward? Part 1

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I watched Cosby: The Women Speak. Actually, I recorded it.    This way, if I was triggered I could watch it another time.     But I was in the midst of a writing project.  So, I stopped by  Twitter.    It was like a horrible car accident and I couldn’t look away.     Most […]

The Eye of the Child Sexual Abuse Survivor: A Black Man Takes the Mic

The Eye of the Child Sexual Abuse Survivor: A Black Man Takes the Mic

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It is my honor to highlight the words of author Tremayne Moore as he courageously shares his story and offers advice for healing: Hi. My name is Tremayne Moore and yes, I’m a sexual abuse survivor. Most children are raped/abused by someone that they or their family/friends know well.  My uncle came to live with us […]

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 […]

Ask a Sex Abuse Survivor

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Perhaps you recall my post from a few weeks back titled, “What a Difference a Voice Makes”.  I talked about how important it is for Survivors to hear the voices of other Survivors. It is also important that everyone gets an opportunity to hear from the voices of Survivors.  It provides our society with access to knowledge […]

Did You Hear the Joke about Blue Ivy, Brown Girls & Sexual Abuse? ME NEITHER

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People have read my writing or seen me speak publically and they are often surprised at how different I can be in social situations.   In real life, I have been known to be so quiet in a room filled with people that others have told me that they were uncomfortable. I’m just an introvert.   The […]

5 Reasons Why I Wish Racism was a Mental Health Disorder

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Updated: Oh for goodness sakes! I  keep hearing this stuff buzzing around again.  Every time certain folks commit violent crimes people start up with mental illness as a reason. Let me say this.  Most people with mental health disorders have the deepest capacity for empathy that I have ever seen.  There is no rush to forgive. […]

The Great Submission Hoax

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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 […]

The Dirty Truth about Celeb Men in the Media Coming to the Rescue

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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 […]

Tellin Ya Something Good Tuesday: Stop It Now Prevention Tools

Tellin Ya Something Good Tuesday: Stop It Now Prevention Tools

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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. […]

What a Difference a Voice Makes

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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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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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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 […]

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

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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 […]

The Good, The Bad, or The Child Molester

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30 years ago a sad, lonely, depressed, fragile 13-year old girl announced to a living room holding a few of her closest relatives  in it that she was molested by two people.  Actually it was three, but since the first one was a teenager she didn’t know that he counted as well.  That 13-year-old was me.  […]

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 […]

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