Why Can’t I Heal?

Originally published on ACEs Connection on July 17, 2017 By Svava Brooks. This is a question I asked myself for a long time. So many people could diagnose me. So many people could tell me what was wrong with me. But few could actually help me heal. Why? Because my…

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Who’s Crazier? Me for Singing About a Coma…or NBC’s Today Show for Writing It?

Are you near New York on June 30th? Maybe you can tell me if I’m completely insane. “I’m performing a show about my life next week!” “Oh yeah? What’s it about?” “Uh…there’s a discount code?” “Uh…[panics] watch my TEDx Talk? [hands out postcard, runs in other direction]” I’ve been having…

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Which Stage of Survival Are You: Victim, Survivor, Thriver?

Originally published on Humans.media on May 15, 2017 By RACHEL THOMPSON. The answer isn’t as easy as you think. At what point does a sexual abuse survivor (or any trauma survivor) go from victim to survivor, from survivor to thriver? In our society, the term victim has a negative connotation…

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Set the Expectation: Violence Against Women Is Never OK

Originally published on Change.Org on May 8, 2017 By Maria Ruiz. Almost a year ago, I started this petition in response to a horrible injustice I learned about. Today, we have created a community of 1.3 million people who are fighting to stop sexual assault and protect survivors. I try…

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