CPTSD, Uncategorized

Breaking Generational Cycles: Forgiveness

Photo by Roman Kraft on Unsplash white tulips are symbolic of forgiveness, purity, and serenity Emotions tend to run high around the idea of forgiveness when it comes to child abuse and especially child sexual abuse (CSA). Understandably so. I am not advocating that you forgive your abuser(s), especially if you are in the early stages of coming to… Continue reading Breaking Generational Cycles: Forgiveness

trauma

This is your brain on trauma

The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine is having an excellent free series on the brain and trauma that includes Peter Levine (Walking the Tiger, Healing Trauma, In An Unspoken Voice, and more) and Bessel van der Kolk (The Body Keeps the Score). Replays for the first session are today and tomorrow.… Continue reading This is your brain on trauma

child abuse

More generational cycles to break…

I've lived and researched and thought about breaking unhealthy generational cycles of sexual abuse in families. Now another wave of abuse in the Catholic Church has surfaced, this time in Pennsylvania (warning: graphic sexual content). I'm a convert (RCIA '99) and still new to the Church when it came to light in Los Angeles around… Continue reading More generational cycles to break…

child abuse, Uncategorized

Speak up

When the Trump administration began to separate children from parents at the border, I knew some of those children would be sexually abused. It's happened. Inevitably. And to a six-year-old girl. Any time you isolate children from the adults who love and protect them, disaster is inevitable. It doesn't matter if it's being done by… Continue reading Speak up

mental health

What’s brave?

Another predator is exposed. This time it's Harvey Weinstein. Stars are making statements. Some of these are thoughtful and reflective. Glenn Close says she'd heard the rumors and writes, “Harvey has always been decent to me, but now that the rumors are being substantiated, I feel angry and darkly sad.” Her entire statement is worth reading in… Continue reading What’s brave?

writing

The task at hand

I'm devoting more time to my blog for patrons at Patreon as a matter of survival. If you enjoy this blog or my other writing, please consider supporting my efforts - $1/month or more - and tell a few others who'd be interested. I'm not exaggerating regarding survival. I have been job hunting for a… Continue reading The task at hand