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Quarantined With An Abuser? Here Are Some Tips For Staying Safe

As people are making sacrifices to shelter in place to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, there are hidden costs that we may not have realized. Domestic and sexual violence as well as child abuse, all thrive in sectors of silence. More often than not, the abuse happens at the hands of someone the victim knows, usually a caregiver or a member of their household. At a time when people are required to stay at home, they may be at an additional risk of violence while trying to keep safe from a virus. Police departments across the country are reporting an uptick in domestic violence calls, and that is only the incidents that are being reported. We have no way of knowing the full extent of this problem. Stressors such as substance use disorders and financial strain are two of the primary underpinnings of violence, and both are rising by the minute in our country as we reach unemployment benchmarks we haven't seen since the Great Depression. Admissions to substance treatment facilities are skyrocketing, and while most of our economy is seeing a serious downturn, sales of alcohol are soaring. On top of that, as the fear around the virus began to spread in early 2020, toilet paper wasn't the only thing flying off the shelves — so were guns. States reported gun sales skyrocketed amid fears of civil unrest and governmental orders…

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What we must do with our Anger—so we can actually take Action.

n headline after headline, another unarmed black man is shot dead. The body of another transgender black woman is pulled from the river, an innocent child is targeted in the crosshairs and killed, motherless, childless, hopeless—it makes me so mad. I can no longer push down the horror, the pain, of these injustices. In my past life, I would just have dove into a bottle or a pipe to deal with the overwhelming emotions. I had no healthy, proper release. And now, bingeing on all this hateful content just makes rage build inside of me…

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Closing out #SAAM with Blog on Trauma & Post-Traumatic Growth

This post first appeared on Caron.org and was written as a guest writer in their blog for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Trauma and Post-Traumatic Growth I am a rape survivor. I was 12 years old when I was first raped, an experience that shattered everything I thought I knew. Neither my parents nor I knew how to cope…

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When Recovery Becomes Resentment

An Article I recently Published in The Fix…

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How Trauma, Victimization and Addiction Are All Connected

Here is an article I wrote and published in The Fix…

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There is no justification for rape

Published in The Patriot News on Sunday October 28th, 2012 Richard Mourdock, U.S. Senate candidate in Indiana, said in a debate Tuesday that pregnancies resulting from rape are God’s will. Mourdock’s ignorance of the horrific aftermath of sexual violence is one example among many candidates who are politicking rape in an attempt to win over a voter base…

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Penn State scandal: We must all be accountable

Patriot-News Op-Edby Jennifer Storm Many of us who work in the criminal justice system have witnessed a systematic failure when it comes to reporting child sexual abuse. The Jerry Sandusky case is the latest example of that failure. Sex crimes are often veiled in silence because they are so utterly horrific — making the act almost incomprehensible…

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Picking Up the Pieces Without Picking Up

Picking Up the Pieces without Picking Up A Guidebook through Victimization for People in RecoveryBy Jennifer StormA compassionate guidebook for rebuilding your life without returning to addictive behaviors.“A guidebook that I would highly recommend to any victim as he or she struggles to find a ‘new normal.’ Jennifer Storm has compassionately composed exercises that empower one to transition from darkness into light…

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September is National Recovery Month!

September is National Recovery Month, a time set aside to honor and celebrate those in this world who have made the journey into recovery.  It is also a time to create a much larger and needed dialogue in our society about addiction and recovery.Having an active addict in your life is probably one of the most excruciatingly painful experiences a person can have. …

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Secrets Will Keep You Sick

Here is a sneak at my new article in Mystic Pop Magazine……

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Penn Stater Article

The Penn Stater Magazine did an amazing feature article on my story and the book. If you have a moment, please check it out! penn-stater…

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My Quest for a Higher Power

Here is my most recent article published in Mystic Pop Magazine…check it out!

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