Whether it is victimization by sexual abuse or domestic violence, it’s not always easy to pick out the victims. My book, Orange Blossom Wishes, was released in 2008. Since that time I am still asked on a consistent basis by many who knew me, some very close friends, “How did we not know? How did30

Let’s start with the not so obvious issue of those women who come to me and say, “How do I know if I am a victim of domestic violence?” Yes, there are those out there who are uncertain of the fact if they are or are not a victim of domestic violence. To those I30

Being raised under a strict Southern Baptist upbringing, I’m sure my knowledge and understanding of Judaism is extremely limited. However, I have Jewish friends, especially one who has been a beam of encouragement in my life for several years. I’m her “shiksa,” and she never hesitates to answer or explain the dingiest of blonde inquiries30

Okay, let’s get right to it. I was a victim of domestic violence for a very long time. I am no longer a victim. I am a survivor. BUT, it IS possible to continue to be victimized by domestic violence without continuing to live in it. If we continue to give the abuser power and30

All of my life I have been told I am required, as a Christian, to “forgive and forget,” but recently learned “forgive and forget” were not the words of the Christ. Granted, it is clearly stated in red letters, “To be forgiven, you must first forgive,” but where is the forgetting part?  I am open30

Earlier this week, Jerry Sandusky was scheduled to appear in court. He was to be confronted by his alleged victims who have decided to come out into the open, show their faces and go into vivid details of what they allege took place in the form of perpetrated sexual assault. One news reporter commented that30

Breaking news has been released today there were three arrests of coaching staff and youth pastors being arrested for sexual contact with minors in my hometown. Polk County is not a place one wants to be brought up on such charges. Most of the nation is familiar with the name of our Sheriff, Grady Judd.30

Simplification is usually the best way to go. So, you are not contemplating leaving just yet, but you are consistently in fear, being verbally abused and beginning to think this is not the way you want the rest of your life to go. You have options and alternatives. For those who read this blog regularly,30

Let’s get the disclaimer out of the way: Sandusky is innocent unless and until proven guilty. That makes these brave young men “purported” victims. So goes the Constitution. . . I think the count is up to eight victims who are insisting they want to come forward to testify against Coach Sandusky, alleging sexual assault30

Ryan White should have turned 40 today. But he died at age 18, after a too-short and tumultuous life in which he battled HIV and the prejudice that surrounded it – as well as the somewhat unwelcome place in the spotlight his condition thrust upon him. When White was infected with HIV from a contaminated30