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BOXED IN, BOXED OUT

Growing up, I was encouraged on many occasions to think outside the box. Yet I was never told explicitly what the box is. Is it a cardboard box? Is it plastic? Steel? I can’t think outside of the box if I have no clue what the box is! Okay, so maybe the box isn’t a real thing that…
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#RELATIONSHIPGOALS

Now that school is officially underway, it’s a great time to make changes happen in your life.  Each new school year is an unofficial restart on those New Year’s resolutions you made nine months ago.  Maybe you aspired to wake up and eat breakfast every morning, when you usually roll out of bed and skip…
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STONEWALLING: A SECRET FORM OF VERBAL ABUSE

Have you ever been upset about something your partner has done and tried to bring it up to them?  Odds are, depending on the severity of the situation and how you and your partner solve problems, it may have ended amicably or it may have become a fight.  Most of us think of fighting as an act…
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OBSERVATIONS VS REALITY – PARTS 1,2,3

PART 1 How many of you have thought this at some point?  Thought that maybe the person complaining about or talking about the abuse they’re experiencing is exaggerating, deserving of the abuse, or maybe secretly ‘likes it?’ because they don’t do anything to change it?  Odds are, we’ve all known someone who admits that their…
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THE RAPE OF MR. SMITH

The example I’ve posted below was written in 1975, which demonstrates the way that victims of sexual assault are questioned and treated by the legal system when they come forward about their experience(s).  Though it was written over 40 years ago, it unfortunately maintains so much relevance today that I wanted to post it here.…
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THE TIME WE’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR

It’s that time that we all wait for.  Shorts are now an important (and necessary) part of your wardrobe.  Every ice cream store has officially opened for the season.  The seasonal bathing suit stores that confuse and entice all of us are stocked and ready for summer.  Popsicles are sold by the boatload at BJ’s.  …
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The letter every survivor needs to read

Much talk around the office this past week included the significant uproar in the recent sentencing of a Stanford student, accused of raping a girl last January on campus. Brock Turner was given a sentence of six months in jail, and a lifetime registering as a sex offender for the crime he committed. The rationale…
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THOUGHTS ON PERSPECTICIDE

This past week, I read a really interesting article written by UMass Amherst professor Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD.  In it, she wrote about the concept of perspecticide.  Perspecticide is the idea that when you’re in a relationship with someone’s who’s controlling, manipulative, and coercive, they have this ability over time to stifle your uniqueness.  You start…
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Online Campaigns We Love

ONLINE CAMPAIGNS WE LOVE   I’ve been directed to many interesting PSA’s, campaigns, and projects lately, done across the country to put a face to domestic and sexual assault.  I’ve outlined a few of my favorites below, but if you’ve seen or heard of others, email us!  We’d love to know what others are doing…
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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (#SAAM)

April is all about recognizing that sexual assault occurs in our communities, schools, to our friends, and to people we know and love.  One in five women and one in six men has experienced sexual abuse at some point in their lifetime.  If you were to look around your classroom of 25 students and think…there’s no…
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