It is Sexual Abuse, not Politics

I had no intention of making this blog mostly focus on sexual abuse when I started it. It was going to just be a fun outlet where I could continue to feed my passion of writing … while sharing stories aimed at connecting with others. Then, I had to go and share my childhood hereContinue reading “It is Sexual Abuse, not Politics”

One Survivor’s Reaction to “Leaving Neverland”

“For me, this moment transcends Michael Jackson. It is much bigger than any one person. This is a moment in time that allows us to see this societal corruption.” -Oprah Winfrey, during her hour-long special about “Leaving Neverland” As I did with the Lorena Bobbitt documentary I write about here… I hesitated watching “Leaving Neverland”.Continue reading “One Survivor’s Reaction to “Leaving Neverland””

Arrested Development

Until recently, these two words strung together only brought up images of the Bluths, bananas, and bad real estate deals. Lately, though, these two words are bouncing around my brain without attachment to the hilarious sitcom with that title. My guess is my childlike behavior during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays is what’s lighting thoseContinue reading “Arrested Development”

Dear Men…

I am reaching out to tell you that sexual assault victims know what an assault looks and feels like. We know when we are being forced to do something against our will. We know when the people who assault us believe our bodies are theirs and they can do what they want with them. As a woman whoContinue reading “Dear Men…”

When Hope Seeps In

I feel like I need to end this week on a higher note. For many in my current town, it has been emotionally draining. My past three posts… here is the first, and the second one, and then the third is here, have all been draining and dark. I have to admit, I only have a coupleContinue reading “When Hope Seeps In”

“That’s a pretty good offer for a girl like me.” Part 2

I don’t think we have anything for you.   You’re obviously in the wrong place. -Sales lady at Boulmiche, Rodeo Drive, Pretty Woman As promised in my previous blog (link here), it is time to talk about my second abusive relationship. I had planned on writing the blog the day after the previous one, and moveContinue reading ““That’s a pretty good offer for a girl like me.” Part 2″

“…for a girl like me.”

That is the end of one of my favorite quotes from my all-time favorite movie. The movie: Pretty Woman I remember going to see Pretty Woman at a movie theater in 1990.  The movie instantly became my favorite. I am not joking. I loved it deeply, right away.  I cannot tell you the number ofContinue reading ““…for a girl like me.””

Sexual Assault: When Your Kids Need to Know More

My heart is aching this morning. I won’t be telling the details of why, but I want everyone reading this to know… tears have been shed and I am in a state of sadness. The #MeToo movement has shed even more light on sexual assault this week, and the victims have cast a net that hasContinue reading “Sexual Assault: When Your Kids Need to Know More”

A Better Version of Me

I wrote those 5 words in an emotional letter to my father. October 5, 2016, I decided to just pour it all out onto a computer screen and push send. “It” was every emotion I had about my fatherless journey, and my father’s desire to change our relationship after 40+ years. Pushing send would push all myContinue reading “A Better Version of Me”

The Choice is Clear

The picture above shows how a choice two people made changed the course of a woman’s life.  My life. A life that didn’t start out so well. I am going to dive into a pretty dark subject here… my childhood.  Members of my family don’t even know all these details. I hesitate writing this post, butContinue reading “The Choice is Clear”