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August 21, 2019

"Of all the things that can affect our relationships, one we hear very little about is a history of sexual violence.

“You’ve just started dating someone new. Do you need to share the fact that you have a history of sexual abuse or trauma?

Marnie Grundman wants you to kno...

September 7, 2018

Every now and again I search for the girl that took me under her wing when I lived on the 

streets so many years ago. Lawrie was a huge part of my life for a short period of time. It might have been 6 months give or take, but it felt … feels like 10 years. I don’t remem...

June 17, 2018

Father’s Day is a strange day for me. Heavy and yet not heavy … I had three fathers growing up. But somehow I always felt fatherless until I connected with my biological dad. The heaviness comes from missing my Dad, the un-heaviness comes from being grateful for the...

June 23, 2017

In the wake of the charges and civil suits brought against Bill Cosby for “allegedly” drugging and sexually assaulting over 60 women and children, the extensions in the statutes of limitations in only 18 states is far too little too late. Victims who were assaulted pri...

May 31, 2017

The evening began with three former residents of Covenant House sharing their experiences and where they are now. One of the graduates was a runaway, one was kicked out of his home for coming out at as gay, the third was aged-out of foster care and had nowhere to go ot...

May 16, 2017

Dear Ask Amy, Your response to “Broken” was insensitive and irresponsible. You displayed a complete lack of respect and empathy for this survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Your response re-victimized an incest victim who was brave enough to “out” her abuser. Your pet...

May 1, 2017

Since I began my journey of sharing my story I have been blessed to touch lives in a way I never anticipated. I didn’t have a plan, I simply wanted to help people recognize that children who run away from home are in need of understanding and support rather than judgem...

March 5, 2017

Just because it looks easy, does not mean it’s easy. Sharing my past, the victimization, my homelessness is NOT easy, but it’s right…for me. Sometimes I have to take a long deep breath before exposing a moment of my life that I find shameful on some level. I’m not carr...

February 20, 2017

As a child that ran away habitually and publicly, I was labeled a problem child. I was scape-goated by my mother so as to deflect responsibility away from her. Painting the runaway child as bad is a common method utilized by abusers. Abusers are masters of control. The...