This Jarring Photo Series (and mini documentary) Captures What PTSD Really Looks Like

TW – Graphic images, suicide

These powerful images are extremely important. As one woman mentions in the short video at the bottom of the page, it’s one thing to hear a statistic but it’s another to be faced with an image. I like that each veteran had choice over how they wanted their images to look. They are so full of emotion and truth, and I am honoured by their vulnerability and strength. I feel that this conversation is important not just for those serving in the armed forces, but for police, firefighters and other first responders, as well as survivors of all forms of abuse and other traumas. It is important to shed a light on PTSD and to support those suffering. Part of that starts with education and really listening when folks share their experiences.

Find all the photos and the mini documentary HERE

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I Wasn’t a ‘Credible Witness’ To My Own Rape

TW: sexual assault, victim grooming, child molestation

One woman’s experience of coming forward.

“Shit like that probably isn’t an accident. A serial rapist isn’t going to target an upstanding citizen, somebody difficult to manipulate. Like a lion targeting a lagging gazelle, a serial rapist grooms its prey and selects someone who isn’t going to be credible. They go for the person you would want to second-guess.

Serial attackers often choose people who they think people won’t care about or believe, people with drug problems or those who may seem a bit crazy.”

I recommend checking out the entire piece HERE

7 Things You Should Know About 17-Year-Old Lennon Lacy’s Mysterious Hanging Death

“The image of a black boy hanging from a rope is in the souls of all of us,” he told them. “It is in the DNA of America. In 2014, our greatest prayer is that this was not a lynching.”

Lennon Lacy was found hanging from a swingset near his home in Bladenboro, N.C. His family have a number of very important questions for law enforcement. I cannot believe how horribly this young man’s death has been handled.

Details of the family’s concerns are HERE

Georgia Woman’s Last Act Saves Baby

I have had this conversation with a few friends lately about how tired I am (we are) of having to ‘prove’ that violence against womyn is a real and an incredibly important and overwhelming issue that NEEDS to me addressed. I’ve said that I could definitely give a new example EVERY. SINGLE. DAY of women being brutaly beaten and often killed JUST FOR BEING WOMEN. And that’s from the news, not from experiences shared with me, and obviously not accounting for the throusands that suffer in silence every day. I am so frustrated!
So for now I’m going to start collecting articles when I come across them, maybe I’ll place them eventually in their own page tab, but for now I’ll tag them all #tomorrowwillbedifferent to highlight both our need to act NOW to stop this situation from continuing, to break the silence, and also to call attention to what it is like to leave a violent situation. It is not for us to judge anyone in that situation, but to provide support and assistance in whatever way that person experiencing violence needs. Educating ourselves on the realities of abuse, methods of coercive control and better develop resources for those living with or fleeing abuse.

Today I came across this article about Georgia woman  Jessica Arrendale who’s partner and child’s father beat her with a baseball bat before shooting her in the head with a rifle. Her last act on this earth? Placing her baby in a toilet bowl and covering it with her body. Her daughter survived.
Rest in Power Jessica. 

10 Billion Lives

Factory farming is a cruel and unnecessary practice. Take four minutes to watch this brief overview of FF.

If you can’t make it through, ask yourself WHY you are still animals and animal products? There are definite challenges, but it can be done!

 

10 Billion Lives

 

Consider fasting with us on October 2nd, WORLD DAY FOR FARMED ANIMALS, to raise awareness and please also consider cutting back on (or eliminating) the amount of meat and animal products you consume.

 

**********EDIT*********** So excited to see the 100 billion lives truck out at Riot Fest Toronto on the weekend! High five for increased visibility! (in the row of food trucks no less! Awesome!)

More Horrific Details Emerge in the Assault of Christy Mack

**trigger warning**

Another absolutely horrific assault on a woman. I’m sure many of you have heard by now about the brutally violent attack on Christy Mack by her ex boyfriend MMA fighter Jon ‘war machine’ Koppenhaver, from multiple sources including her own account of the abuse posted on twitter. By all accounts he tried to kill her. Well, more horrific details have emerged on the investigation.

“there is nothing in the report that contradicts Mack’s claim that Koppenhaver arrived at her house unannounced and held her hostage while he broke 18 bones in her face with his fists and sawed off her hair with a dull knife. There is nothing that contradicts her claim that she went in and out of consciousness while Koppenhaver looked through her social media profiles on her phone and punched or kicked her every time he found a post he didn’t like. There is nothing that contradicts her claim that she might be dead if she hadn’t escaped to her backyard while Koppenhaver looked for a sharper knife with which to kill her. And there is nothing — absolutely nothing — in the report that could suggest that Mack is at all responsible for the unspeakably horrifying assault she suffered at the hands of a domestic abuser.”

No one does anything to deserve such a beating. Such brutalization. And she is not alone. I’m at a loss for words…