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Earlier this year, Parul Sehgal wrote an essay examining “compulsory survivorship”—the tendency to label everyone who has had an abusive or unwanted sexual experience as a survivor. This is usually considered a direct response to casting these individuals as victims, which some find to be not representative of the strength and courage that it takes… Learn more »

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No More Silence: It’s Never Too Late to Start Healing

This video started with a conversation. Anthony Newcastle and I and our colleague Gordon Glenbar were discussing how to reach out and offer support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men who have been sexually abused in childhood. Many of these men have told us privately and professionally that they will never speak publicly about… Learn more »

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An Old Photograph Around My Neck: 1in6 Thursdays on the Joyful Heart Foundation Blog

I found an old photograph recently. It’s a flimsy, bent Polaroid print of myself as a child. I’m sitting at the dining room table, closed-mouth smiling, clutching a stuffed, cross-eyed, bucktoothed cucumber. My head is wrapped up like I have a shrapnel head wound in leftover bandages from an ear surgery I had when I… Learn more »

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July/August 2016 Newsletter

Dear Friends, Every year, we have a mid-year board meeting in upstate NY so that we can gather as a group, evaluate our progress, and plan for the remainder of the year. This year, in addition to meeting as a board on Saturday, June 25th, David Lisak and myself also met with seven NGO leaders… Learn more »

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The Forest For The Trees – Bristlecone Reflections: 1in6 Thursdays on the Joyful Heart Foundation Blog

I don’t normally associate hotels with great works of art. Yet there I was, standing quietly, intently staring at a tree in the makeshift gallery on the mezzanine of the Washington DC Hilton. Black easels and academic posters lined up and around the curved walls, lit by the low ceiling’s recessed incandescent bulbs. Normally I… Learn more »

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