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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

Christine Skarbek: Jocelyn

It soon became obvious she could not speak.  Finally, after many attempts, I got her name out of her, Jocelyn and finally, she looked at me straight on and said in a whisper, “You know, I used to be pretty.  I used to be smart.”

August 26, 2021 · 8 Comments

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

Michael Simms: The Trojan Women

The slaves in the dark hold of the ship cannot climb out or go back to where things went wrong. There’s no light, no voice of comfort, just chaos and darkness where they have to find their own peace without the kindness of others.

March 14, 2021 · 14 Comments

Video: Men need to talk about their sexual abuse

Pastor Seth Shelley takes us on an emotional and at times difficult journey about male sexual violence. He brings forward his own story of sexual assault to ask men to open up about their personal stories too.

March 12, 2021 · 1 Comment

Olivia Pace: Policing keeps us safe? It’s a myth. Here’s why.

When you peel back the facade, police and military perpetuate violence on a personal and professional level.

December 17, 2020 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: Why you might be interested in my new book

Donate $20 or more to your favorite progressive cause or candidate, and Red Cedar Distribution will send you a free copy of my new collection of poems American Ash.

October 10, 2020 · 4 Comments

Michelle Theriault Boots: Assault Was Only the Beginning of Her Trauma

Everything Mary Savage did in the hours after the attack was dissected on the witness stand, an experience so upsetting she vomited. But years later, she finds comfort knowing her testimony led to his conviction.

June 19, 2020 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: This is what justice looks like

Breaking down, Haley recalled her rape by Weinstein, the fear and paranoia she now lives with, and her unsteady healing process: “I showed up, not as a perfect victim, but as a human being.”

March 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: Weinstein Enters the Courtroom

slithering through deep mud
in concentric circles of power-tied lawyers

March 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

Vanessa K. Bohns: Weinstein jurors must differentiate between consent and compliance – which research shows isn’t easy

Did the women accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault consent to his sexual advances of their own free will, or were they coerced?

January 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

Goran Simić: A Scene After the War

I’d never been aware how beautiful my house is
until I saw it burning

January 7, 2020 · 2 Comments

Tamara MacLeod: Lolita understood that some sex is transactional. So did I.

It is perfectly consistent to be deeply critical of the economic and gender inequalities that give rise to sex work, and still advocate for sex workers. The way to deal with cognitive dissonance is to tilt your head a little.

September 12, 2019 · 1 Comment

Adrie Kusserow: Jesus, Immaculee and the Pig

Essex, Vermont This is where Jesus dumped Immaculee before wandering off  to tend another flock of clouds,  down in the psych ward, clutching her bible and scattered papers,  preaching to … Continue reading

December 19, 2018 · 8 Comments

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