If you talk to someone who has never been sexually assaulted, they might tell you to get over it. If you talk to someone who doesn't understand trauma, they won't know why you're still "stuck on it."
If you talk to someone who is trauma-informed, they get it. They will listen to you and sympathize with your pain and struggle. Because they understand the awful reality of trauma, they won't ask you to "move on." They won't[...]
"Gotcha!!" The outburst came from somewhere in the back of the room, followed by hushed protests. It was reading hour and the kids should have been silently reading their books (or at least pretending to). Jennifer didn't have to lift her eyes from her own book to know who the culprit was.
Leslie. It was always Leslie.
Taking a deep breath and summoning all her patience, Jennifer marched across the classroom. She stopped[...]
If you've ever seen the movie "Taken," your view of human trafficking might be warped like mine was.
Girls kidnapped and kept in cages. In foreign countries. Never seeing the light of day.
While all this made for a thrilling, Liam Neeson film, it doesn't match reality. Those things can be true of trafficking victims, but they’re not the norm. Experts tell us that human trafficking is often much more subtle. It[...]
"What kind of trouble?" I asked her.
It didn't matter what I said or did; she wasn't going to tell me.
"I keep my problems inside," she said.
If you're the parent[...]
The name sounded interesting when I saw it on the job listing site, but I had no idea what it meant. To advocate is to….fight for? Speak on behalf of? Defend? Support?
It turns out all were true.
Victim advocates do so much, but because what we do is confidential, most of it goes unnoticed. We walk survivors through the most devastating crises of their lives. We fight for the rights of those who[...]