Ever wonder why we should bother helping abusers, or what helps them change? Here are some answers from inside intimate partner violence offender treatment.
Was there abuse in your environment when you were a kid? Then it’s possible that you picked up some unhealthy behaviors – maybe without even realizing it. Abuse isn’t an excuse for toxic behavior, but it is a reason to recognize what’s going on and do something about it. Here’s how to get started and gain one more way to stop past abuse from continuing to harm you.
You might have heard that every prominent medical and mental health organization in the US denounces the use of “conversion” therapy to try changing someone’s sexual orientation to heterosexual. But do you know about the disturbing number of individual therapists who still think it’s an ethical practice? Here’s what’s really going on with reparative therapy.
All youth should feel protected, safe, and happy, but far too many young people who are sexual and/or a/gender minorities do not. So how can we change that? Let’s start by understanding it. Delve into three issues that have a major impact on the mental health of LGBTQIA+ youth, and get informed with some concrete evidence on what we need to change for our youth.
“Why does everything have to be about race?” That question often comes from people with white privilege who aren’t exposed to even a fraction of the racial bias out there. When you can simply choose not to think about it, it’s easy to believe racial bias isn’t there. So here are examples to show the reality of racial bias to anyone doubting its pervasiveness.
If you’re coming to terms with your privilege, you’re probably feeling uncomfortable. And that’s okay (really!). Now you have a choice: avoid the discomfort by rejecting the truth, or roll with it and take action. Here’s some action to start with: Read through these thoughts you might have in this ongoing process. Trust us. It’s worth the discomfort.
Sibling sexual abuse is one of the most under-studied family violence issues, but it’s not entirely uncommon. And since the recent Lena Dunham controversy, it’s become a hot topic of debate in feminist circles. Where’s the line between typical experimentation with bodies and sexual abuse? This article sheds some light on the subject, giving you a place to start.