Domestic Violence is Everywhere

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Last night I was behind a woman in line at the grocery store who was buying infant formula and a multi-pack of pregnancy tests. At first, I thought, “Wow, she has a lot going on.” Almost immediately after that, my mind went to domestic violence and reproductive coercion – in which batterers keep their partners […]

An Open Letter To Thomas Warda – Protecting Young Victims of Sexual Abuse!

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Dear Thomas Warda, She’ll eventually forget all about it, like it never even happened. That is what you suggested at the sentencing hearing of your client Mickey Gotwalt, a 52-year old high school softball coach in Tuscola County who was recently convicted of criminal sexual conduct with one of the young girls he coached. According […]

The Perfect Rape Victim

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“The perfect rape victim.”  Much has been written in the past couple of weeks about what a rape victim’s behavior should be like, most in response to the Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK) rape case. Media outlets have been reporting that the DSK case is in jeopardy, not due to the victim’s report of the actual rape […]

Finding Healing On A Mat

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I am a HAVEN Volunteer.  Each week survivors join me in one of HAVEN’s group rooms to unroll yoga mats, take a comfortable, easy seat and begin an hour of yoga.  The path from victim to survivor is not an easy one.  I know.  I am a survivor of childhood violence.  I have found it […]

Even Healthy People Get Sick: 15 Famous Athletes With Health Scares

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Recently, Serena Williams received emergency treatment for a hematoma caused by a pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in her lungs). Though she’s now recovering at home and hopes to be back on the tennis court by early summer, she says that her health problems have been “scary and disappointing,” according to the Washington Post. While […]