Many women grow up believing that life will be wonderful. They expect that there will be a happy-ever-after ending by about the age of 24 or so. Often this doesn’t occur, because we’re confronted with the pain of many generations gone. Not to mention the build-up of experiences over the course of our lives. Unless these things are dealt with we’ll never have the depth of connection that we want with an intimate partner. Continue reading →
No matter what a guy says, if the woman that he’s attempting to have sex with hasn’t said yes with full knowledge of what she’s doing, it’s rape. So many young people go out and have a night out on the town, fill themselves with drugs and alcohol, and then find themselves doing things that they would never do if they hadn’t got themselves so drunk or stoned. Continue reading →
Even if their story is difficult to hear and if you know the other person(s) involved, believe what you hear. Most people who come forward are telling the truth. You may be the first person they tell their experience to. Continue reading →
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder. It is brought on by memories of either one more (or a series of multiple) extremely stressful events that caused fear or terror, especially if the man, woman or child who experienced the event or events felt unable to do anything about the situation that they were in. Essentially, they felt helpless and powerless to change the situation, to prevent it or to leave it.
That event might have been war, or physical or sexual abuse or assault such as domestic violence or sexual abuse by a parent or a family member or friend. It might have been an accident such as a car accident or motorbike accident. Or perhaps the sufferer was inside a car when it fell into a waterway and was unable to get out until someone arrived to help. Maybe it was a mass disaster like a train crash or the sinking of a cruise-liner. Or being held hostage in a situation where someone intends to murder the people he has hostage if his demands are not met.
You can develop PTSD no matter whether you were the one involved in the situation or whether you were simply a witness to it. It is a normal reaction to feel stress when you experience a traumatic event, but for those who have PTSD they will continue to feel stressed long after the event or events occurred. PTSD is characterised by the intensity of feelings, how many years or months those feelings continue to go on for, how long those feelings last when they do come to mind, how a man or woman reacts to those feelings, and last but not least, the manifestation of certain symptoms due to those thoughts and feelings. Continue reading →
A global report showing that Australia has one of the lowest rates of violence against women is hardly a cause for celebration, according to social welfare groups. Domestic violence is becoming the “Greatest Social Epidemic”of our time. Below is an aussie newspaper article on Domestic Violence.
The World Health Organisation’s first international study into the prevalence of violence against women found that one in four women in high-income countries have been abused by their partners, compared with a third of women worldwide. Continue reading →