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Myths and Facts About Male Sexual Abuse and Assault

Cultural myths surrounding the sexual abuse and assault of boys and men can be serious obstacles to understanding and healing, so it’s important to learn just how wrong they are.

October 9, 2021 · 3 Comments

Michael Simms: Writing Prompt #7 | Jumping into the Mud

Here’s an exercise which I call Jumping into the Mud although it’s sometimes called by the more prosaic name automatic writing. The exercise helps to loosen my imagination, and sometimes a decent poem results as well.

September 4, 2021 · 13 Comments

Video: Nadine Burke Harris | How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime

Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain.

August 12, 2021 · Leave a comment

Jennifer Johnson: A Haunting Novel of Childhood Trauma

The novel takes a hard look at how children who endure growing up in dysfunctional families, suffer dire consequences and are left to a lifetime of personal struggles.

July 9, 2021 · Leave a comment

Janette Schafer: On the day I testify for Homeland Security

Janette agreed to share these details publicly to help allay the stigma, shame, and secrecy inherent with being a sex abuse survivor.

May 8, 2021 · 10 Comments

Video: Spoon

In this visual poem, Markus Kempken explores specific objects — spoons, spatulas, flutes — and the way they trigger memories of his childhood abuse.

March 13, 2021 · 3 Comments

Arlene Weiner: Nobody’s coming to save the children

Catherine Doty’s pitiless poems beautifully show us what we don’t want to see: children’s poverty, abuse, neglect. And their meanness. Poor children living in squalor, which Doty’s language often veils in lyrical glamor.

February 23, 2021 · 4 Comments

Sydney Lea: Gradus ad Parnassum

On the other hand, the open handed
blows left scarce a mark, applied to your head or neck

January 28, 2021 · 1 Comment

Judith Alexander Brice: My Papa’s Music

We weren’t a talking family
especially when it came
to discussing why I locked myself
in the bathroom upstairs

January 13, 2021 · 5 Comments

Video: Buskers

Buskers is the story of Packo, a young Dubliner, and Milos, a Romanian immigrant, who battle to secure a space to beg at a Dublin train station. After a comical … Continue reading

December 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

Sandy Solomon: Foundling

You stood, small and mute,
on the stoop where she’d left you
with a tiny, plastic suitcase,
like a bad joke, beside you.

June 24, 2020 · 2 Comments

Alyssa Sineni: Sharp Edges

This was our childhood.
We were all left
to scavenge the woods

May 6, 2020 · 1 Comment

George Monbiot: The Unlearning

Boarding school, a peculiarly British form of abuse, has devastating impacts not only on the boarders, but on those they grow up to dominate.

November 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Elizabeth Kirschner: Jones Beach

He went out. Into the ocean’s black maw. To save. To rescue. Didn’t, as they say, come back. Death is funny like that, precise, dissolute.

August 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

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