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#MeToo Parenting: Raising Girls To Always Speak Up & Never Minimize

I will teach my daughters that they have control of their body. They have a voice.

Metoo parenting is teaching my daughters that they have control of their body. They have a voice. There are now real consequences for those who abuse power.

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Inglorious Touch 

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Pulling the plug on the numbing forces you to look at your past, dealing with the knives you’ve been carting around which are now being thrown.

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Ask Erin: I Need Help Expressing Anger After Sexual Abuse

I need to know how to express anger after sexual abuse. (Artwork: Tess Emily Rodriguez)

I am unable to physically show any signs of anger — I’m too scared, too well-trained not to. I need to know how to express anger after sexual abuse.

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Why Logan Paul's Suicide Victim Video Hurts People Like Me

Sadly, I know I'm not the only one who was hurt by Logan Paul's video.

Sadly, I know I'm not the only one who was hurt by Logan Paul's video. I know because it's a hurt shared by so many survivors of suicide.

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Me, Too: Confronting My Own Misogyny 

I am taking accountability and making this ugliness public so that others struggling with their own misogyny might recognize themselves and take steps to heal, too.

Me, Too: confronting my own misogyny. Change can’t come from a social media campaign alone, but from constant personal diligence by us all.

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People Die Because Of Harvey Weinstein. Enough Is Enough.

No one wants to admit to being raped.

Not all rapists look or act like rapists. Some of the men who abused me are considered “nice people.”

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The "Me, Too" Viral Status Is Important, But Let's Talk About Something Else

Instead of "Me, too" why don't we say, "I believe you"?

It’s painful enough to have to revisit your abuse every time a new viral movement takes hold. What if, instead of “Me, too” we said, “I believe you?

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How I Survive The Worst Day Of The Year (Every Year)

My mammogram’s fine. I’m fine. Until next year. But four years and counting, I’ll take the fear, I’ll take the dread, just so I’m still around to feel it again next year.

As a breast cancer survivor, the worst day of the year is when I go for my mammogram. True, nobody actually likes mammos, but I’ve been bitten by one. On the way to my annual squishing, I realized that I have a bunch of coping strategies.

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I’m Not The Only One Who Lost Faith

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In my youth, our church was a place of liberal political pride for me. Jesus was a role model for helping others. The man who sexually abused me also spoke eloquently of Christian generosity. He welcomed draft resisters to the church during the Vietnam War. He was an intellectual who introduced me to Virginia Wolf, even as he seemed to feel entitled to sexual access to all women — and children who looked like women, like me.

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I’m Not The Only One Who Lost Faith

Image via Unsplash (Christopher Campbell)

In my youth, our church was a place of liberal political pride for me. Jesus was a role model for helping others. The man who sexually abused me also spoke eloquently of Christian generosity. He welcomed draft resisters to the church during the Vietnam War. He was an intellectual who introduced me to Virginia Wolf, even as he seemed to feel entitled to sexual access to all women — and children who looked like women, like me.

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