Tag Archive: rape crisis intervention

THROUGH THE EYES OF A VICTIM OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE

Total innocence

What a cleansing to finally reach the point in your life that you find true and complete healing as a victim of child sexual abuse. It is not common for me to share this part of my story, but given things that I have heard and seen recently, I feel it is a necessary step…

RAPE IN THE MILITARY

Defending our freedom, defenseless to rape?

In my capacity as an advocate for abuse awareness, over the past weeks I have received numerous reports regarding rape in the military. One report stated that more females in the military are being raped by male members than are being shot and killed by the enemy. That is an alarming statistic. We are also…

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…

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….

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…

Finally! Men Are Speaking Out About Being Molested

When it’s time to revisit some issues, I am convinced one must simply face the facts that perhaps some things have changed, and it’s time to turn the prism to see another facet. Now is one of those times. We have always known there are hidden masses of adults who were victims of sexual molestation…

Three Days Can Sure Change Things

The past three days have been quite rewarding and enlightening on my journey to bring awareness to the areas of domestic/intimate partner violence, child sex abuse and sexual assault. I decided to take three vacation days and make this Memorial Day weekend a mini-working vacation sort of blend. But, oh, the places I’ve seen. Wednesday…

Does the Church Condone Domestic Violence?

Does the Church condone domestic violence? This is a tricky question, or two-sided at the very least. Do I believe the church condones domestic violence? Not intentionally. Do I believe domestic violence is condoned in churches today? Yes, unintentionally. I believe many churches are simply unaware, untrained or uneducated on the nuts and bolts of…

Who Helps the Advocate When the Advocate Needs Help?

Have you ever stopped to wonder who is there to minister to the clergy when they need ministry? I mean, we all need emotional and spiritual support at some time or another, but if they are constantly giving out and never getting anything back, that cannot be a good thing. The same thing goes for…

Reporting Abuse under Threat of Death – The Ultimate Dilemma

In a very few months I have seen two news stories involving battered women who refused to press charges or give a statement against their abuser. Both incidents ended with the report of at least one death. In both circumstances, the law enforcement officer asking the victim if she cared to file a report or…