Tag Archives: Rape

#MeToo and the Blame Game

A couple of months ago, a woman who is a member of the Sexual Assault Survivors Facebook group asked if she could contact me via FB Messenger. She needed someone to talk to and didn’t trust anyone else in the … Continue reading

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My New Poetry Journal

I created this new guided poetry journal, titled Harness the Power of Your #MeToo Story, as a tool to help women (and men) overcome the shame and fear that often follow sexual assault. As long as your story is a … Continue reading

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I Am the 1% — I’m Not Your Pro-Choice Poster Child

In the raging debate over whether abortion should be legal, those who claim to be pro-choice often cite cases of rape and incest as justifying easy access to abortion. What they fail to mention is that less than 1 percent … Continue reading

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What If?

What if I had told someone from the very start? What if I had not believed the shame deep in my heart? If I had been brave and bold and turned my rapist in today I would not fear the … Continue reading

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The Sun Was Shining

I lost my virginity One cold October morn Truth be told, it was stolen The sun was shining I lost my innocence Control became an illusion Thoughts descended into confusion The wind was blowing I lost my voice Unable to … Continue reading

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Unashamedly “Me, Too”

In essence, I’ve been saying “me, too” for many years as I share my story in poetry and prose. But it took a celebrity Tweet to make it go viral. One of my Facebook friends posted: “#metoo. (God I hate … Continue reading

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100% of Statistics Are Just Numbers

Mark Twain popularized the saying: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” But even when statistics are an accurate representation of the truth, they amount to nothing more than numbers. It’s easy to ignore outrageous statistics, … Continue reading

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What Is Bravery?

Why say I’m brave? You don’t call robbery victims brave when they tell You don’t call shooting victims brave when they tell You don’t call mugging victims brave when they tell Yet your clouded view calls me brave when I … Continue reading

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Anger Gone Awry

She told me I had a right to be angry And so anger became my constant companion Thoughts of self-defense courses fled I dwelt on thoughts of revenge instead I was obsessed with Murderous meditations If I had a gun I’d shoot … Continue reading

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A Betrayal of Roses

He sent six roses As if roses made it okay As if roses washed away feeling betrayed As if roses proved mom’s belief he was one of the good ones As if roses, his cute smile, and his silky blonde hair justified his actions … Continue reading

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