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What’s In a Name?: Choosing Your Words Wisely September 21, 2018 – Posted in: News

Even when teased as a child, some of us would chant “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” However, as an adult, I don’t find that true at all. I was bullied and teased all through school and I was never able to follow my parent’s advice and let it ‘roll off my back’ and not ‘wear my heart on my sleeve’. Is it because I was born ‘too sensitive’, as the perpetrators like to conclude, or is it something deeper than that? Perhaps words really do hurt. Consider this…if a person hears something over and over again about themselves, does it eventually become true to them. They say Repetition is the key to learning, right? And is this true for both positive and negative statements? I tend to believe it is. My parents told me my whole childhood and adult life that I… Read More

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Domestic Violence: The Ultimate Paradox October 13, 2016 – Posted in: News

Your home should be a place of safety. Yet, in a month devoted to highlighting the pain and feelings of shame caused by domestic violence, for some it is the place of greatest danger. Each time the door closes, when the light goes out, when no one else is around to see – the person we once loved, still love, acts out physical, emotional and psychological violence in the place where we should fear no-one – never mind our most intimate partner. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, nearly 20 people per minute are abused by an intimate partner in the US. This is 10 million women and men. Despite common misconceptions, not all abuse victims are women. A quarter of all men have been victims of some form of violence from a partner in their lifetime and it is a third of all women. Domestic violence does… Read More

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