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Archive for June 26, 2017

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Divorce destroyed me more than I thought my marriage would

By Chelsea I found myself blindsided.  Never did I think that my marriage would end… let alone the way that it did.  Now, I find myself a mid-thirty year old single mom of two young kids. Do not get me wrong, I would NOT change the outcome for anything.  Not in a million years.  But the last three years, up until now, have been the most painful years of my existence.  I have experienced emotions I did not even think were...

I took my body back

By Noreen Cauley CW rape, sexual violence Hi, this is the first time I’ve ever written publicly about my experiences with childhood sexual abuse, rape, and trauma. I’ve talked about it with people – therapists, friends, family – I even gave a speech at Take Back the Night. I’ve never written about it before though. I’m all about being brave, and if you’re a survivor – I know you are too. Six years ago I started litigation against the man...

My rape was a ‘non-issue’

Anonymous submission CW rape, domestic violence, intimate partner violence It was before shelters for battered women existed or laws to protect rape victims. The attitude was, “What did you do to deserve this?”  These are words said to me by police in the early 1970s.  I had a roof over my head and food to eat, I should be grateful: words also spoken to me by the police.  One would never expect that in the United States a woman still...

Healing through improv with some Fantastic Funny Femmes

By Hillary Di Menna There is a lot of talk around mindfulness in the mental health game. I always wrote it off as an extra chore: meditate, take baths with smelly stuff, eat almonds, and you’re cured! Mindfulness seems like another thing to make me feel guilty after failing doing it right. However, when my best bud told me she and her fellow comedian pals were hosting a day of workshops – including one on mindfulness – I signed up...