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Stop victim blaming

An opinion piece by Hillary Di Menna We hate victims. If women didn’t want predatory sexual advances they wouldn’t welcome them through their behaviour and clothing; if a transgender person wanted to be taken seriously they would try harder to fit in; if someone is abused by their partner, they wouldn’t provoke it. I’m tired of this sad trend—the one in which it isn’t inherently oppressive social institutions being questioned, but the victims of them. Victim blaming is a lot...

Night terrors

By Mona Korstanje CW Childhood abuse, neglect, childhood sexual violence, rape, depression, PTSD Mona lived through a lifetime of abuse, but is finally in the loving relationships we all deserve. This is only a portion of my life. I am a prime example of abuse and trauma. My brother was born just two weeks after I turned a year old. He was born without kidneys and my mother spent all day long caring for this newborn. When he was two...

Toronto Star: Former juror to bring 12 angry letters to Ottawa to make case for trauma support

By Joanna Smith Toronto Star Published April 10, 2017 “Now living with a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder, Farrant has made it his mission to make sure other jurors who need counselling and other mental health support to cope with the aftermath of their civic duty are not left, like he was, calling the courthouse and being told there was nothing anyone there could do.” Read the story here...