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Supporting a New Frontier of Anti-Sexual Violence Work

I was pleased to join the work of as a new Board Member in June. In the three-plus decades that I have been involved in the anti-violence movement, I have witnessed the movement grow to reach new constituencies, and embrace new approaches unique to the needs of particular client groups. Along the way, we… Learn more »

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Forgiveness vs. Reconciliation

In my experience, one path to true happiness and freedom is forgiveness, which is why I love writing about it. I grew up hearing, “Randy you just have to forgive, forget and move on.” These words only made me cringe and sent me into a fit of rage. Today, I will tell you that, in… Learn more »

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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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