Even the smallest acts

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Victims No More!

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With all stories of abuse in the media lately, it is too easy to forget the victim and too easy to re-victimize them because of ignorance.

I have seen competent journalists ask victims the uneducated questions ‘why didn’t you tell someone, why did you put yourself in that situation, or why are you coming out about it now, it happened so long ago.’ Those questions are a stark reality of how the victim is made accountable for the incident if they come forward, somehow they have to justify the time they spent suffering in silence.

One of the most tragic effects of sexual abuse is that the victims often feel deeply responsible as if it is somehow their fault, this is especially true in children. So even as an adult that child self still feels responsible or at fault.

To everyone who comes forward know you are brave and admired for bringing awareness to this crime. It is not easy for men or women to come forward, there is an unfair and false stigma of shame placed on the victim.

While it is hard for anyone to come out about sexual assault the stigma for men is even greater. I applaud those men who have stepped forward recently seeking to stop these criminals.

To those reporting on the crime, try to be part of the victims healing, not re-victimization. Educate yourself and think about the human being you are talking about not the profit margin or subscribers.

The following link is a great resource. Also, contact your local Victim Services Agency in your area.  

National Resources for Sexual Assault Survivors and their Loved Ones

Adjust your sails

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You must feel it

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Halloween and El Dia de Los Muertos

A brief explanation of how Halloween and the day of the dead connect.
Una breve explicación de cómo se conectan Halloween y el día de los muertos.

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Your Path

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Dia de Los Muertos altar – Day of the Dead alter

El Dia de Los Muertos celebrated on November 1st and 2nd is the day we honor our loved ones who have transitioned to the next great adventure. If you would like to build your own altar here is a brief outline to help you get started. Use your imagination and personal preferences, you can’t do it wrong. Casa Post (4)