Monthly Archives: July 2011

Holding D.C. Accountable – Can This Go Viral in 48 hours?

It appears we are no longer a government “of the people, by the people and for the people,” but somewhere along the way morphed into a government “of the politicians, by the politicians and for the politicians.” The impeccable reputation of America has deteriorated to that of a bunch of snotty-nosed party-fanatical squabblers as seen…

Be Aware When an Abusive Partner Apologizes

Right up front, let’s establish that I have a long-running reputation as “Merry Sunshine” with a pair of rose-colored glasses permanently affixed to my face. So, if you read this article and feel I whizzed in your corn flakes, please bear in mind it’s a lot like broccoli. You may not like it, but it…

Watch for Tomorrow’s Post

Carolyn, the author I am so pleased with the blog post that is to appear here tomorrow, I just want to encourage everyone to be sure to check it out. Remember, July 30, 2011. Eager to get feedback from any and all of you!

Society’s View on Victims of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

How far have we come? I recently read an article stating a television personality “got what she deserved” when she was gang-raped. Another tweeted ridiculous comments, begrudgingly eventually apologizing – sort of. Can we say “Neanderthal?” First, it should be brought to that commentator’s attention rape is not a crime driven by lust or horniness….

Presence of the Past – A Challenge for Survivors of Abuse

We have heard it so many times―You just have to get over the past. It’s an easy enough statement to make, but not so simple to do. For years I have stated, and even included in my book the admonition, “The past is for learning from, not living in.” But the truth is, the very…

The Lesson of the Oak Tree―Growing in the Midst of Abuse

Recently I was taken back to the house where I lived while enduring years of spousal abuse. It’s curious how some things that mean very little to others rivet our own attention. There in the front yard stood a stately, huge oak tree. I was amazed. I kept repeating to the reporter who was interviewing…

How Have Casey Anthony and Jaycee Dugard Affected Victims of Sexual Abuse?

I’ve been working on my second book. Sometimes things come to me in the writing process that simply cannot wait to be put between two covers. Today is one of those times. As I recollect the emotional strain an entire nation experienced while enduring the Casey Anthony trial, followed shortly by the Jaycee Dugard interview, it…

WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM JAYCEE?

“Silence is golden.” It was almost a mantra for decades, if not centuries. There was even a top recording released in the 60s by that title, “Silence is golden, but my eyes still see.” As Diane Sawyer was closing the national news recently after another look at her interview with Jaycee Dugard, her final remarks…

The Trial is Over—Can We Get Back to Helping Victims?

I am absolutely astonished at the number of hits on my blog driven by search terms regarding Casey Anthony. It has been mind-boggling. I jumped aboard that train and rode it because of the accusations of molestation, domestic violence/abuse and well, like everyone else, just trying to get some answers and make some sense of…

Casey & George Anthony—On Behalf of Victims of Molestation

Throughout the Casey Anthony trial I strongly held the position being molested as a child is not an acceptable defense for murder. I did not take that position to help persecute or prosecute Casey. I heard from many other molestation victims who were just as offended as I had been at the use of that…