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An Open Letter to My Abusive Ex-Boyfriend

April 18th, 2018 by Leah Zeiger, Guest Contributor
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This is the third in a guest post series for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, highlighting the intersection between sexual assault and teen dating violence. For resources on teen dating violence, visit ThatsNotCool.com.

 

Dear Abusive Ex-Boyfriend,

I haven’t seen you since the day you and I showed up to court. You sat at the defendant’s table, with your lawyer next to you. The district attorney sat alone at the adjacent table, and all three of you stared at the old white judge who decided your fate. Your parents sat at the back of the small room, their backs against the walls, their eyes fixed on me.

Then I testified, sitting not even five feet away from you. You wouldn’t look at me. Your lawyer wouldn’t stop asking me questions that had nothing to do with anything. My hands wouldn’t stop shaking.

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I’m a Survivor of Abuse and This is What Dating is Like Now

April 13th, 2018 by Leah Zeiger, Guest Contributor
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This is the second in a guest post series for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, highlighting the intersection between sexual assault and teen dating violence. For resources on teen dating violence, visit ThatsNotCool.com.

 

Navigating the world of dating is one of the trickiest things anyone can attempt, especially if you’re a survivor of abuse.

It’s been almost three years since I broke up with my abusive ex-boyfriend. Since then, I was in a very restorative relationship that lasted two years. Sadly, that had to come to an end, and for the past year now I have been trying to figure out how to get myself to care about someone enough for them to care about me.

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Human Trafficking: Breaking the Chain for Women

April 11th, 2018 by Futures Without Violence

Can we have a future without violence? Is that even possible? Can we eradicate slavery and human trafficking?

FUTURES’ Senior International Policy Advocate Leila Milani recently gave this powerful talk, showcasing the scope of the problem and providing viewers with three simple steps we can all take to end slavery, human trafficking, and violence against women and girls.

 

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7 Ways NOT to React When Your Friend is Raped

April 9th, 2018 by Leah Zeiger, Guest Contributor
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This is the first in a guest post series for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, highlighting the intersection between sexual assault and teen dating violence. For resources on teen dating violence, visit ThatsNotCool.com.

 

Having your friend come out to you as a rape survivor can be a mess, for them and for you. As a survivor myself, I’ve often been asked, “What do I do when someone close to me tells me they’ve been raped?”

I realized that I could give more advice on the things people do wrong instead of how to do it right (because it’s really, really easy to get it right). So, here it is, my step-by-step guide on what NOT to do.

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New Research Offers Hope for Children We’ve Written Off for Too Long

April 2nd, 2018 by Robert K. Ross and Esta Soler
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“She’s withdrawn and doesn’t listen.”

“He’s been a discipline problem for as long as he’s been at this school.”

“She talks back, agitates and causes problems with other kids.”

“He’s rude to his teachers and never does his work.”

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