Tag Archives: Women’s rights

Sexual assault survivors and PTSD

Please read the article, share your input on the web post then share with friends and help eliminate rape culture. My sexual assault survival students undergo intensive counselling by women’s resource staff before they & the counselors begin defensive tactics training. Mary Dolen MA, RCC Registered Clinical Counsellor “70 percent of sexual assault victims experience moderate to severe distress, a larger percentage than for any other violent crime.” Life after rape. PTSD can, “manifest in physical ways, like chronic pain, intestinal problems, muscle cramps, or, as in Lucy’s case (below), … Continue reading



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Profile of an abuser. Is it possible to spot an abusive partner before you get involved?

“…some abusers grow up in households where domestic violence against a family member, such as their mother, was commonplace.” Profile of an abuser Domestic Shelters Profile of an Abuser/Batterer Jealousy (questioning her constantly about whereabouts, and jealous of time she spends away from him). Controlling behavior (I’ve had clients who’s victim couldn’t get a job, leave the house or bathe without his permission) Isolation (Makes partner move away from family and friends so that she depends on him solely for support.) Forces her to have sex against her will (I’ve … Continue reading



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Would you accept a drink from a stranger?

“I woke up 10 hours later naked in his tent,” she recalls of the 2014 incident. “I was definitely drugged.” “A study by the Sexual Assault and Partner Abuse Care Program at the Ottawa Hospital found that 26 per cent of sexual assault cases involving patients who attended the institute in 2013 occurred at mass gatherings. About 40 per cent of patients believed they were drugged and only 33 per cent said they knew the assailant.” Drinking with strangers is dangerous. “Jodie Ortega, a Vancouver-based advocate for survivors of sexual … Continue reading



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“30,000 Secrets” the first “J” Team Series’ sequel

Jessica, Rebecca and Elisabeth resolve many of their personal issues while working with Canada’s RCMP, the Secret Service and FBI to trace stolen radio active material from a Manitoba facility.




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Cheaters who lie & attempt to make it your fault.

Mary broke up with her boyfriend when he cheated on her. Years later she ran into him and he had just broken up with his third, since her, girlfriend. Why? You guessed it. Cheating, then lying about it is a form of abuse, particularly when the lying is accompanied by comments like these. “You’re overreacting. It wasn’t that bad. You’re just being emotional. That never happened—you’re imagining it.” Thanks to Domesticshelters.org, here is their link to explain the abusive behavior and what you can do to escape. “Gaslighting” McMahan remembers … Continue reading



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Abuse victims turned away from shelters, return to abusers.

We can make a difference in our communities by supporting Women’s Shelters to ensure they have adequate space and protection. Shelter staff should not have to go hat in hand to government begging for funding crumbs but be on the top of financial distribution lists for continual support. “In an anonymous survey on DomesticShelters.org, more than 40 percent of the 247 responders said they chose to return to their abuser when they were turned away from an emergency shelter because of a lack of space. “ “Having nowhere else to … Continue reading



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24 Things You Shouldn’t Say to Someone With an Abusive Partner

Motivate, Encourage and Support. “If the power is going out of your life or in somebody’s life around you because they don’t know if they can find their way out. Be that light for them and let your light shine before them.” Tyler Perry Motivate, encourage and support Are we guilty of these, thinking we are being supportive but in fact adding to her sorrow and pain? 1. Why don’t you just leave? 2. I’m sure it will pass. 3. I told you I didn’t like him. I always had … Continue reading



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Equality. Leverage. Skill. COURAGE!

Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest. Dr. Maya Angelou Sarah McLauchlan’s induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the 2017 Juno awards, reflects a strong, driven and accomplished woman. How did she get that confidence and determination? “I am grateful for luck of geography, being born in a country where the rights of girls and women are respected.” Sarah-McLachlans. Determined Canadian success Margie Warrell writes for Forbes and says, “Our deep desire to belong coupled … Continue reading



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International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day 2017: Five things you need to know International Women’s Day 2017: What is it, how did it start and why is it so important? “International Women’s Day is a worldwide event that celebrates women’s achievements – from the political to the social – while calling for gender equality. It has been observed since the early 1900s and is now recognised each year on March 8. Is is not affiliated with any one group, but brings together governments, women’s organisations, corporations and charities.” Trudeau International Women’s Day $650 … Continue reading



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Stop The Violence

Abuse is not only physical: Emotional Social Financial Spiritual Physical Sexual Psychological Is it Loving or is it Abuse?* Abusive: Tries to make you fee him with looks, actions, gestures, smashing things, destroying property, hurting pets, displaying or threatening with weapons. Loving: Talks and acts in non-threatening manner which creates a feeling of safety and comfort. *100 Mile and District Women’s Centre Philosophy Statements: 1 Women have the right to political, economic, and social equality. 2 Women who have experienced violence and other forms of abuse are essential allies in … Continue reading



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