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Now that I’ve had a chance to absorb some of the mountains of information I received at the above conference, I want to share some of that with you as well as my own thoughts on how sexual assault impacts our lives as professionals.

The conference was 3 days of jammed pack material, with

  1. Keynote speeches by Lisa and Laura Ling about their experience throughout the latter’s capture in North Korea and reporting on human trafficking.
  2. Concurrent workshops on all areas of sexual assault, i.e., domestic violence, military sexual assault, child sexual abuse, rape, round table discussions for people of color – to name a few.
  3. Unscheduled were also meeting with Lynn Rosenthal, White House advisor on Violence Against Women and the Department of Justice re challenges in this field.
  4. Last but not least and many times forgotten, self-care for professionals by combining traditional and complementary modalities of care.

There were many more, but my purpose here is to share with you those in which I took part. I will comment on the first one in this post. Read the rest of this entry »

Lies and cover-up by higher-ups in the government! The worst is that none of those in the higher echelon were held accountable, including Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense under President George W. Bush.

Pat Tillman was an NFL football star who turned down millions of dollars to join the military and fight for his country. When he was killed, the story that was given to his family was that he was shot by the Taliban and that he held off the enemies and, therefore, saved American lives.

Not true!

Somehow, the family found out that he was, in fact, killed by friendly fire. Not only were the family lied to,¬† the government took advantage of Pat’s celebrity status and made him a hero. When the family starting to look into this, they were blocked at every step. And, even when they found documents that supported the truth and it went before¬† Congress, everyone that had a hand in this situation was exonerated except Pat’s superior officer. He became the scapegoat.

The purpose of this blog is to look at the impact of trauma, not a political commentary on the government. Read the rest of this entry »

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