Mental Health On Capitol Hill Update | NAMI

10/19/2017 This summer, with the help of your advocacy, we defeated Congress’ efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. And just a few weeks ago, we fought back again against the dangerous Graham-Cassidy health reform bill. Now, the White House has announced plans that would make significant changes to mental health coverage. Meanwhile, …

#MeToo ~ Chapter 3: The ‘Artist’

the silent wave

(Beginning Comment: This is a long post, one of my longest in a while.  It tells a story that I’ve told no one but my mother, grandmother, two high school/university boyfriends, and my partner.  Even they don’t know the entire story.  I’ve never publicly talked about this before.  It’s dark matter; please proceed with caution.)

(Trigger/Content Warnings: sexual predation, including nonconsensual touching, fear, and strong suggestive conversation that gets graphic.)

It’s a peculiar feeling to be writing something like this on All Saints Day.  Although I’ve long since left Catholicism, I was raised (somewhat) in that faith, and old roots have ways of lingering that occasionally prove to be inconvenient.  An alternative term is All Souls Day, and since the perpetrator in this story is no “saint” but has probably passed away, the latter term is more appropriate.

Yes, this means he was an old man already at the time. …

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#MeToo ~ Chapter 2: The ‘Boyfriend’

the silent wave

Wow. ❤ ❤  First, I want to say a deep, heartfelt Thank You to everyone who has written about their experiences, and everyone who has reached out to me so far about mine.  I cannot thank you enough for the loving and caring support you’ve shown me (via the comments section on this blog) and the world at large (by the posts you’ve written on yours).  I know that these posts are tough to write, tough to read, tough to Like, and tough to Comment on.  Despite that, you/we come forward.  You/we raise your hand, you/we hit those Like buttons on the blog posts out there, and/or you/we comment in solidarity with each other.  That’s important, y’all.  That’s what this movement is all about.  It sucks, having to relive our experiences all over again.  Experiences that we’ve tried so hard to forget, shove down, ignore, accept, heal from, learn from…

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#MeToo ~ Chapter 1

the silent wave

I have the feeling that I should issue the usual Content Advisories for obvious reasons.  If you’re feeling vulnerable right now, or if you could become that way fairly easily, please proceed with caution.

By now, you’ve probably seen or heard of the “Me too”/”#MeToo” campaign that has resurfaced on Twitter.  Even major news outlets are picking it up.

It’s about damn time.

It’s “only” 2017, after all.  We’ve been to the moon and back.  We’ve cloned sheep.  We’re chatting in real time with people who live across vast geographical expanses that include gigantic bodies of water.  We’re mastering the art of printing in three dimensions.

And yet, females (and some males) the world over have felt–or been–silenced on one of the oldest and most devastating acts of abuse ever: sexual violence and its counterpart, sexual harassment.

This does not compute.  It doesn’t make logical sense.  Which makes my…

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