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The Witch Trials of Title IX

Recently, we have heard of of new guidelines for the implementation of Title IX.  There appear to be quite a few new changes, and I can’t speak to all of them. Some of them might be positive.  But there is one I definitely cannot support–the suggestion that an accused student should be able to cross-examine…
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#ChurchToo Means Shut Up and Listen

“In times of trouble, don’t leave the Church — lead the Church.” “You don’t leave Jesus because of Judas!” I keep hearing these phrases bruited about, wielded like a sword of Damocles over the heads of unsuspecting people who dare to articulate they are struggling with their faith in the aftermath of the Pennsylvania grand…
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What we can learn from Native Americans about feminism and rape culture

The White Woman’s Envy History is written by the victors…and victors don’t like to laud the praises of the people they’ve crushed. As descendants of Western colonizers, we tend to think of early Native people as uncivilized, savage, half-naked, backward — these harmful and pejorative words still permeate some mindsets. But November is Native American…
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We Can Be A Voice

I love Catholicism. I’ve studied it since I was five. It has grown with me. The longer I write, the more people I meet and the smaller this Catholic world feels. I still have no real explanation for what kept me searching for answers and finding them in the church. I still have no explanation…
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Hate, Love, and Survivors of Domestic Violence

I am absolutely not a biblical scholar. I am quite relieved that Catholicism is not a sola scriptura kind of gal for many reasons, but I understand and recognize the importance of sacred readings. Please keep this in mind as I write and dissect in this post! One of my biggest pet peeves as a…
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“Daring Greatly” and Intimate Partner Violence

I do not board the Self-Help Reading Train very often. When I was a domestic & sexual violence advocate, I read a great deal of books that would help me to become a better advocate. Those books ranged from books like The Courage To Heal, memoirs written by abuse survivors, or art therapy books that…
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Our Search for the Perfect Victim

Here in the United States, we live with the illusion of equality: legal equality. Women have the same legal rights as men: they can own a business, vote, go to work, raise their children, divorce, have affairs. They can have their own bank accounts, file taxes, own property, sell property, and a woman is a…
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For Friends and Family of Domestic Violence Survivors

In order to truly comprehend the prevalence of domestic violence (DV) and sexual violence (SV) in our nation, you have to spend some time as an advocate. Once you are in the trenches, so to speak, not only do you have people you know disclose to you about themselves and their loved ones, but every…
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Sharing the burden of pain as a community

The secret burden of pain When we have good news to share, we want to shout it on the rooftops — but most of us settle for posting it on Facebook or Instagram with a cute snapshot and a hashtag. When tragedy strikes, we turn inwards, either on our own pain or away from the suffering…
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Consent matters and so does teaching it

Why do we have to teach consent? Because for a decent portion of the population, consent is a ridiculously foreign concept; while others may dismiss the notion of consent education as being “plain common sense”, it is a waste of resources to teach it explicitly. There can also be a concern for parents about the…
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