/Tag: Child sexual abuse


(CNN) What appears to be the final page in the notebook of Zainab Amin, the 7-year-old girl whose rape and murder has prompted outrage across Pakistan, is a poignant reminder of a life cut tragically short. Dated January 4, the day on which Zainab was taken from near her home in the city of Kasur, the entry reads: "My self "I am a girl "My nam [...]

2018-01-14T11:32:03+00:00January 14th, 2018|Categories: Sexual Assault|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on #JusticeForZainab

A Note to My Seven Year Old Self

If I walked in I would have killed that man. I revisit that place many times in my dreams, and every time, I kill him before I hug you. If I could grab you and run I would, knowing dead or alive, he'll have his hands on us for the rest of our lives. But now I just want to hug you. I want to love you. You, and all your shattered pieces. [...]

2017-11-05T14:35:32+00:00November 5th, 2017|Categories: Mental Health|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Finally, Good News for Carol Todd #AmandaTodd

Carol Todd, the mother of British Columbia teenager Amanda Todd, may finally have some justice. One of the men who tormented Amanda to death can be brought to Canada to face charges after an Amsterdam court approved his extradition. Aydin Coban has to face charges in the Netherlands for sexual assault and the extortion of 39 other victims before [...]

2016-10-21T21:42:43+00:00June 28th, 2016|Categories: Social Media|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Finally, Good News for Carol Todd #AmandaTodd

Stalking Amanda Todd

The name of Amanda Todd became synonymous with cyber-bullying and loss after the B.C. teenager committed suicide. Mark Kelley of the fifth estate reveals the never before told story of her accused online stalker, the global police hunt for him and troubling questions about why the suspect wasn't stopped before Amanda took her own life. Published [...]

2016-10-21T21:42:51+00:00March 21st, 2016|Categories: Cyberbullying|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Stalking Amanda Todd

Objection – a poem on Trauma & Memory

This powerful video poem was shared with me on Twitter by it's creator Motherbird Sidrah. The video was made to illustrate the fact that trauma affects memory. It's important to remember trauma affects memory in light of the Ghomeshi trial taking place in Toronto. Trauma also affects how people react when they try to deal with what has happened. [...]

2016-10-21T21:42:52+00:00February 7th, 2016|Categories: Sexual Assault|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

Rock Stars and Rape

A couple days ago I wrote about an Ottawa Sun journalist and his use of the word "tryst” when he described the sexual assault of a teenage girl. It wasn't the first time that journalist used that word in place of rape, molest, abuse, or assault. Words count for a lot when it comes to sexual assault. Downplaying the impact will not only embolden an [...]

2016-10-21T21:42:53+00:00January 16th, 2016|Categories: Sexual Assault|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Rock Stars and Rape

Predator Myths

Via Strength and Dignity (Instgram). The one thing predators are better at than abusing children is making YOU believe they never would. When victims come forward to disclose their abuse, their abusers do everything in their power to discredit them. They look for allies, support from the people in the victims life. The blame that roars at the tim [...]

2016-10-21T21:42:53+00:00January 5th, 2016|Categories: Sexual Assault|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Predator Myths

Global Violence Against Women

From UNWomen.org. One in three women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence — mostly by an intimate partner. Whether at home, on the streets or during war, violence against women is a global pandemic that takes place in public and private spaces. Together we can and must end this pandemic. [...]

2016-10-21T21:42:54+00:00December 8th, 2015|Categories: Sexual Assault|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Global Violence Against Women


Many Canadians think sex trafficking is just an international issue - a crime happening "somewhere out there." Its not: 93% of Canada's sex trafficked victims are Canadian girls. #ShesNotForSale is a campaign to end human trafficking in Canada. Share the video and support the campaign by visiting: www.joysmithfoundation.com. Get more information [...]

2016-10-21T21:42:55+00:00December 1st, 2015|Categories: Social Media|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on #ShesNotForSale

Sexual assault overturned by N.S. Court

When justice in Nova Scotia gets it wrong they really go for it. He was 32 - his victim was 14 - the age of consent is 16. Pretty clear cut case unless we allow for the systems 99.7% failure rate when it comes to sexual violence to operate it's amazing wonder and free him on a technicality. Because justice. Nova Scotia’s highest court has overturne [...]

2016-09-14T12:51:13+00:00November 29th, 2015|Categories: Sexual Assault|Tags: , , , |1 Comment
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