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THE LESSER LIGHTS

WALKING IN LIGHT, EMBRACING TRUTH, CONQUERING DARKNESS

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‘Silence Breakers,’ Season for Change, & #ChurchToo

Sexual violence survivors from within the church join in a harmonizing chorus, reminding us abuse is in the #ChurchToo . Read their experiences here...

Fool Me Twice, Part 2 (Defaming the Abused & Silencing Democracy)

When we willfully look at reality through opaque glass, we purposefully distort the truth, defame the abused, and silence democracy. What does it take to silence democracy? Not much. The recipe includes a little disregard for truth, a few omissions... Continue Reading →

Sexually Assaulted? Yeah, #MeToo

Alyssa Milano , Kesha, Lady Gaga, Gwyneth Paltrow, Gabrielle Union, Barry Crimmins, Anna Paquin, Javier Munoz, Debra Messing, Rosario Dawson, Patricia Arquette, Rosanna Arquette, Evan Rachel Wood, Ashley Judd and I all share something in common, and it wasn't our early 1990s love for New Kids on the Block (well, maybe... Continue Reading →

Shattered: Fracturing Cultures of Acceptance, Not the Females in Them

As I write this post, more women are coming forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against film mogul Harvey Weinstein. The story is gaining traction. We say it's about time! No more cultures of acceptance. No more silently compliant and... Continue Reading →

Restoration: Resetting the Scales

When we lose autonomy over ourselves, we become internally unbalanced. When others silence our voice, we cannot directly communicate, set boundaries, or restore internal order. So, instead of dealing with the real conflict, we war within ourselves. Luckily, we don't have to live in an unbalanced state. We can achieve restoration, and we can be at peace with ourselves. But first we must understand the forces tipping the scale...

Pearl of Great Price: Insuring Your Self-Worth

Saltwater pearls are considered rare and precious gems. They grow in mollusk shells along beds formed from extinct, eroded volcanos. One single pearl grows for years, facing threatening predators, crabs, and parasites. The few that survive emerge as beautiful smooth, translucent round layers reflecting light ... you are a pearl. A pearl of great price.

“‘Only’ Touching”: A Woman’s Worth in a Culture of Acceptance

$1 per grope--that's how much a woman is worth. Too often, victims are questioned, humiliated, and further exposed only for their perpetrators to get off for less money than a cup of coffee ... it is unacceptable for sexual battery to cost less than a cup of coffee at Starbucks ... less than a fine for littering ... less than the penalty for spraying graffiti on the side of a building. Sentences like Judge Nauhaus' communicate females are worth less ... less than the dirt and grass beside our roadways ... less than chattel.

Sharing Stories, Shining Light

"When we tell our stories, we are sharing our light." The pictured painting inspired by my grandmother, a mother to nine. Though her house was always full, her heart seemed to never run out of space. She readily kept her... Continue Reading →

Sexual Assault & The Law: National Stalking Awareness Month

January is National Stalking Awareness Month. Read to learn more.

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