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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Exposes The Danger of the Single Story

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What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. ~William Shakespeare Remix (Originally posted on WESurviveAbuse.com) 12/17/2015 Well, this week I learned that the Millennials outnumbered the Baby Boomers.  The first time that any generation has outnumbered the Baby Boomers. Perhaps that is why there has partly contributed to the recent attention to social change and social justice. I realize that

Why Some Victims of Rape and Abuse Say It Never Happened 1

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  After the loss When a victim of sexual violence reports that someone raped them they might want to press charges.  At first.But then…….As time goes on they may begin to pull away and become less cooperative.With everyone.Medical professionals. Law enforcement. Prosecution. Even advocates. And, even their own friends & family.DoubtSo because of this,  somewhere along the line folks start to wonder. Maybe they are not telling the truth? People

Change Begins with WE! Keeping the WE in WE Survive Abuse

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    Change must begin with WE Statistics are very important to social justice work.  BUT, stories are the real tools of change. With stories, one lone voice can change a person’s entire life.Most of my readers know that  Survivor Marilyn Van Debur Atler is one of the first persons to inspire me to speak about the unspeakable.See post:  What a Difference a Voice Makes Every Survivor is unique So,

10 Excellent Memoirs about the Sexual Violence Survivor's Journey

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Glad to see that we are in a season of listening to the powerful voices of Survivors.  Excellent!  What is most unfortunate is that there are so many out there.  This week I gathered up a cross section of a few memoirs that I have read about the healing journey.  Each one is truly authentic.  I don’t think that any two are the same.  While it isn’t “good” that they

How Some Teachers Are on the Frontlines of Fighting Child Sexual Abuse

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Did you know that some victims of child sexual abuse prefer to confide in teachers rather than parents? Even those from “good” loving homes? No one knew Up until today, few know this.  My teachers were the first safe adults to learn that I was being raped by people my mother and family members both knew and trusted. Unfortunately, my homeroom teacher,  Mrs. Hiliard* and my teacher who taught me

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE How to Get Away with Contributing to the Culture of Silence around Sexual Violence on National Television like ABC 20/20   Some viewers were shocked and appalled by ABC 20/20’s coverage of the 13 Survivors of convicted rapist Daniel Holztclaw who targeted black women while he worked as an Oklahoma City police officer.  In fact, founder of WESurviveAbuse.com, Tonya GJ Prince, found this piece of journalism ignorant,

Are We Going to Leave Child Sexual Abuse Out of the Hip Hop History Books or Nah? by Tonya GJ Prince with Daniel Johnson

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 Planet Shock The early 80’s. I was in elementary school. Rap was newish to those of us in central Virginia.  It was launching!  And, our parents hated it.  Back then corporations knew kids didn’t have a dime.  None of that coddling broke kids stuff.  Black radio played a few rap songs during certain times only. We dealt with it. Parents: “What about Michael Jackson?” Us: Michael Jackson is still fresh.  He was either

To the Misguided, Misdirected, Mislead, and Misinformed, about Child Sexual Abuse

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We thought they were right        Some of us were children when an older girl told us that it was normal to play with each other in a way that devastated us. Some of us were children when a group of older boys told us it was normal for boys and girls to play in a way that devastated us. Some of us were children when an adult told us it

We Gotta Ask Pregnant Moms Who Are Survivors Better Questions

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When  a close relative, Morgan*,  announced her pregnancy our family was ecstatic!  I had to hear hear every detail. By this time my own pregnancy was like 15 years ago and I I was too young, sick, and terrified to appreciate the whole miracle.  Yes, I was reliving my pregnancy through her.  She didn’t mind.  I checked. I know I can get bossy and not in a good way all

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 history. Right? Well my fellow Survivors I submit to you that though it may seem

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 feel like moving. I didn’t feel like talking. I didn’t want to separate my eyelids. I just didn’t

From All Angles: 4 Ways Survivor Speakers Can Help Folks Heal, Know, & Grow

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Domestic and Sexual Violence are tough issues to discuss.  BUT, thankfully, speakers have quite a few options for approaching the topic.  In this blog post, I just list four.   Trust me, there are so many styles and tools at a speaker’s disposal.  You are only limited by the ceiling of your creativity, and your courage.  Alright y’all, here are the four…….   Storytelling/Dramatic:     Since the beginning of time elders,

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 and the feedback.  Here were the reader’s favorites:  And Justice for…..  7 Great Quotes on Authentic Justice