Victim-Blaming Abuse Survivors is Re-abusing Them: How We Can All Be Better

I wrote this essay in fall 2014 because I’m a survivor of domestic violence who was badly triggered by the Ray Rice abuse video. I wrote quickly and, without considering the implications of it being the first time I ever spoke publicly about my own abuse, I pitched an earlier version of this piece and it […]

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How My Invisible Illness Made Me Capable of Anything

By Amy Oestreicher I’ve always thought myself capable of overcoming anything.  Overcoming illness meant waiting for a fever to go down. Illness was a stuffy nose – a sick-day, an excuse to miss a day of school. At 18 years old, “illness” took on an entirely different meaning. Illness meant waking up from a coma, […]

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Why Survivors Often Play the Game of Silence

NBC recently aired a program called “The Game of Silence” in which 4 best friends who once served time in a juvenile detention center as a result of a well-intentioned but reckless caper are reunited by a traumatic occurrence. Now grown men with fully realized lives, one of them by chance encounters a tormentor from […]

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My Marriage Survived Pornography Addiction

Content Warning: sexual descriptions may be triggering to some readers. I’m going to shove this right out there now. To save you guessing, or to save you reading behind the lines. I was addicted to porn around ten years ago. It was like any addiction as soon as I engaged with it, the rush of […]

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Brains Down the Hall, The Burrow

Brains Down the Hall We were sitting on the couch when I felt a hole blow through the top of my skull. I slumped down to the patina rug and crawled like a devil to the bathroom and cried as the roaches watched me die on a filthy laminate floor. You sat in there like […]

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Book Review: Drake and the Fliers written by Allison Maruska

Review by Noah Ainslie The story is about a virus that infected everyone in the world and killed everyone who was twenty or older or was not going through puberty. I thought the title, Drake and the Fliers, was interesting. It pulled me in. I wanted to know what “fliers” meant. *spoilers ahead* I learned […]

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Stop This Dangerous Terror Organization

For 5 years when I was an adolescent and teen, my family lived in the community of Newtown, Connecticut. My mother maintains it is her favorite of all the places she ever lived and I have many happy memories from our time there, as well as four very good friends. So when I met someone […]

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Why America Needs a Presidential Aptitude Test

By Ned Hickson Today’s political environment is changing. How can ensure our survival? If I’m being honest, I have about as much enthusiasm for our choices in presidential candidates as I do for licking a 9-volt battery; I know the result won’t kill me but the anticipation itself is enough to make my tongue curl […]

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I Go to 11

Some friends of mine get pretty angry when talking about social justice. Others get uncomfortable when that anger swells and people become less civil. During a conversation recently, I described the problem thusly: It’s like a guitar amp with a volume control that goes from 1 to 10. You’re best heard at 6. That’s just […]

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