Down With the Bullies!

Bullying is an act of intentionally inflicting injury or discomfort upon another person (through physical contact, through words or in other ways) repeatedly and over time for the purpose of intimidation and/or control. It leads its victims to low self-esteem, an inability to set boundaries, and a long trail of…

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Fear of Sleeping

I battled insomnia for most of my life, starting when I was thirteen. Its inception was that night of horror in November of 1956 as I lay sleeping in the bottom bunk, my rosary tucked safely under my pillow. It makes sense for those of us who were sexually assaulted…

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Nairobi Shopping Center in Kenya, Africa

The Lamplighter Movement has seventeen chapters in Africa. They are all struggling. with poverty, with violence, with child sexual abuse. Kenya is on my mind a lot as my newest chapter is in Kenya and it is a children’s chapter. Twenty children, all sexual abuse victims, all orphans, struggle with…

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A Visual Journey To Repair

Each of us are pure and innocent at birth. We are given a promise of fulfillment, of joy, of serenity, of all good things in life. We look forward to a happy life with parents and grandparents who will protect us from harm, who will instill wisdom into us. Then,…

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Definition of Incest

Webster defines incest as “sexual intercourse between persons too closely related to marry legally.”  It is a simple, almost clinical description that does not in any way imply trauma or abuse.  The all-encompassing and often unspoken reality is much broader.  Anyone in a position of power who coerces a person…

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