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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2020

I learned this morning from Marie of MAG's Blog that today is when the United Nations observes the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Certain types of gender-based violence have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the UN has referred to this as the "shadow pandemic". Gender-based violence can take multiple forms,… Continue reading International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2020

Book Reviews

Book Review: Liar Liar

Liar Liar by Laurie Katz tells her story of being raped in her first year of college, and the school's (mis)handling of the matter. It's part of the Inspirational series by Trigger Publishing, a mental health publisher. The book opens with the night she was raped. Afterwards, contrary to society's expectations that someone go to… Continue reading Book Review: Liar Liar

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Social Justice

Rape Culture Kills

I heard recently the Daisy Coleman, who was in the 2016 documentary Audrie & Daisy, had died by suicide. I had watched the film on Netflix a couple of years ago, but I thought I'd watch it again and write a post about it in honour of Daisy. Rape culture was a problem then, and… Continue reading Rape Culture Kills

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Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: Stronger Than What Hurt Me

The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience.  It's also a way to introduce you as a reader to some newer members of our community. This post is by Stronger Than… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Stronger Than What Hurt Me

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What Is... Psychology Series

What Is… Victim Blaming

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is victim blaming. I got thinking about this while reading a recent post on domestic violence on Mental Health 360º.  Victim blaming commonly occurs in connection with domestic assault, but also in a variety of other contexts, including… Continue reading What Is… Victim Blaming

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What Is... Psychology Series

What Is… the Just World Fallacy

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is the just world fallacy. The just world fallacy, also known as the just world hypothesis, is a common type of cognitive bias – a shortcut that the mind unconsciously takes when considering the world around us. Do… Continue reading What Is… the Just World Fallacy

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What Is... Psychology Series

What Is… a DARVO Response to Sexual Assault Allegations

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is the DARVO response to sexual assault allegations. DARVO is an acronym to describe a pattern of responses that sexual offenders may display when faced with accountability for their actions.  Before getting into what DARVO stands for, I'll… Continue reading What Is… a DARVO Response to Sexual Assault Allegations

Consent infographic: consent is clear, coherent, willing, ongoing
Social Justice

Why Don’t More People Understand Consent?

Source: SUNO When it comes to sexual interactions, it seems like the notion of consent should be pretty simple. Yes means yes, no means no, easy peasy, right?  Except obviously, it's not that simple for a disturbingly large number of people. That begs the question, how have we gotten it so wrong as a society that… Continue reading Why Don’t More People Understand Consent?