On Women Married to Men Who Were Molested

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Cecil Murphey offers some powerful insights into how women cope with the ways in which the men they love cope.

It Happened Only Once

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There doesn’t have to be a second or tenth time. The damage occurred and our innocence was shattered.

Sometimes Trauma Resurfaces When We’re Best Ready to Cope With It

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“But why did it surface now?” I asked myself that question many times during the first year of my struggle with the molestation.

Can You Unintentionally Commit Child Abuse?

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After a tumultuous childhood filled with abuse and neglect, Nathan C. Daniels reflects on how some of the pain he experienced may not have been inflicted intentionally.

What My Sister Did: Surviving Incest

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What she did was wrong. It took Nathan C. Daniels years to learn this, and overcome the shame of being her victim.

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Rape by Any Other Name is Still Rape

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David Pittman examines the reasons we, as a society, try to soften the term “rape” by calling it by other names.

Warning Signs of Abuse vs. Normal Sexual Behavior

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Author Jayneen Sanders lists which behaviors are potential warning signs that a child may be being sexually abused… and just as importantly, which ones aren’t.

“‘Trauma in youth becomes attraction in adulthood.’ You just rocked my world with how true that is.”

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Mel talks about how childhood trauma lead to unhealthy sexual experiences and self-hatred later in life. (TW for sexual abuse.)

I’ll Never Forgive You

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Four little words by Victim 4 in the Jerry Sundusky case speak volumes.

“Before his suicide, my grandson asked me if Amherst would have handled the assault differently if he was female.”

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This is a comment by Martin Robbins on the post “The Death of Innocence at Amherst College”.

My Own Feminist Manifesto

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Richard Jeffrey Newman on why he is a feminist.

“We Didn’t Know.”

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No one wants to hear stories of abuse, but that failure to listen has turned into a disbelief of victims.

“As a victim of child sex abuse, I wish someone acted violently against my offender.”

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This is a comment by MsRN on the post “Talking Myself Out of Murdering Jerry Sandusky”.

“As a co-victim of sexual abuse myself, I wish we had a hero like Cyrus Vance in our neighborhood.”

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This is a comment by Eirik Rogers on the post “Etan and Me: A Brotherhood of Pain”.

“I spent years in confusion that led me to ask awkward even wholly inappropriate questions at the wrong moments…”

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This is a comment by James on the post “What Happens When We Don’t Teach Our Boys About Sex”.

For My Son, A Kind of Prayer

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Richard Jeffrey Newman offers a poem and a prayer for his son, on violence and fear and the awful mystery of our own bodies.