MILCK – “Quiet”

As a survivor of anorexia, abuse, and depression, I can say that I have let the overwhelming pressures of filling media/society’s expectations of “how a woman should be” overwhelm and silence my inner voices – without even realizing I was doing it. Until… I just couldn’t breathe anymore. As I live more days on this planet now, I can say with full confidence that there are no standards or rules worth crushing our soul bones to fit into. Life gets better when we just… let it out.

I hope you enjoy, and feel empowered or comforted after watching. If you see some of yourself in this video, please share and pass the word on. Much love to you.

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Child Sexual Abuse in organisations and institutions

Over recent years we have seen a growing recognition of the problem of child sexual abuse, both historically and non-recent, ranging from sexual abuse by celebrities, institutional child sexual abuse and sexual abuse within the criminal justice system (i.e., the police & prison service ); which have resulted in a series of inquiries in to institutional child sexual abuse in England and Wales ( Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse , the Office for the Children’s Commissioner’s report into CSA in the Family Environment ), Scotland ( Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry ), Northern Ireland ( Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry ) and Australia ( Royal Commission into Institutional responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

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Abuse is Abuse

This might be a good time to simply “rip the bandage off” and get back to the basics: Abuse is abuse. Part of what makes it abuse is that one can never know the outcome. As co-blogger Jon Brandt recently noted, research has shown a particularly challenging truth; that those who are abused don’t necessarily view their experience as abuse.

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The house where the Philippines’ forgotten ‘comfort women’ were held

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Hundreds of thousands of women and girls across Asia were raped and forced into sexual slavery by Japanese soldiers during World War Two. Some have been offered a direct apology and compensation from the Japanese government – but not in the Philippines. The last survivors there want their suffering to finally be acknowledged.

This article contains graphic details which some readers may find disturbing.

“At night there are evil spirits – my mother and brother used to see the ghost of an old woman.” With this warning the caretaker unlocks the gates to the Red House.

“After the war, no one wanted to live here,” he says. “They were too scared.”

Today the majestic blood-red villa is crumbling, but memories of the atrocities committed inside it haven’t faded.

Click here to read the article at BBC World.

Control and Fear: What Mass Killings and Domestic Violence Have in Common

One of the first things we learned about Omar Mateen, the gunman in the nightclub massacre in Orlando, Fla., was that his ex-wife said he had beaten her severely until she left him in 2009.

If it sounds familiar that a gunman in a mass shooting would have a history of domestic violence, it should.

In February, Cedric Ford shot 17 people at his Kansas workplace, killing three, only 90 minutes after being served with a restraining order against his ex-girlfriend, who said he had abused her. And Man Haron Monis, who carried out a 17-hour siege at a cafe in Sydney, Australia, in 2014, in which two people were killed and four were wounded, had terrorized his ex-wife. He had threatened to harm her if she left him, and was eventually charged with organizing her brutal murder.

Click here to read the article at the New York Times.