Turn Gratitude to Giving

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Although the Thanksgiving feast has past, we remain deeply seated in the season of gratitude and giving. Open your hearts to this wonderful article from Beth Morrison, CEO of Haven, and please consider “giving” to the many wonderful souls in our community who struggle daily to have their most basic needs met.  Never underestimate the […]

Celebrate Your Strength – Stand Up! Join HAVEN for Take Back the Night

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“We stand together and we stand strong, fighting for an end to sexual violence.” Take Back the Night will be held at Oakland University on Tuesday, April 17. The event will be open to the community from 5:00 — 9:00 p.m., with a concert following the event. Take Back the Night will include a motivational […]

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month – Speaking Out Against Rape And Sexual Assault.

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The classmate who raped my college roommate 30 years ago was never held accountable for his behavior. The business man who molested a relative of mine decades ago was never held accountable for the crime he committed. The professional who sexually assaulted a friend of mine 10 years ago never served even a moment in […]

Your “To-Do” List When Going Back To School

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This weekend, while shopping for some household items, I ended up in the midst of some serious back to school shopping, moms and daughters/sons getting ready for college dorm life. Listening in on their conversations about whether or not they needed a toaster, what color rug goes with the lamp, the size of fan, reminded […]

Op-Ed on Sexual Assault Accusations Against Dominique Strauss-Kahn

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While the recent headlines detailing both a hotel maid’s account and past allegations of sexual assault by IMF Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn came as a shock to some, for those who work with victims of sexual assault — and victims of workplace sexual violence in particular — these facts are nothing new. Sexual violence in the […]

Technology- Friend and/or Foe?

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Irony — my word of the day. During the past few evenings I have been searching for safety devices for my mother who has dementia. Today I have been researching and preparing my notes for an interview with a reporter about how technology can be a significant safety risk to individuals in a violent relationship. […]