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THE LESSER LIGHTS

WALKING IN LIGHT, EMBRACING TRUTH, CONQUERING DARKNESS

“‘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.

Rooted in Dignity, We Shall Not Be Moved

Rooted in dignity, we can act with integrity. Integrity is more than doing the "right" thing when no one is watching. Integrity is transparency, authenticity. It is owning our flaws. It is inspecting ourselves, our behaviors, our motives. Integrity is acting from a place of personal dignity, acting with respect to the dignity of others. Integrity is seeing others have worth simply because they ARE.

God Doesn’t Widen Home Plate, So We Shouldn’t Either – The 17-inch Standard

"'If we fail to hold our spouses and our children to the same standards, if we are unwilling or unable to provide a consequence when they do not meet the standard; and if our schools and churches and our government fail to hold themselves accountable to those they serve, there is but one thing to look forward to …'"

The Ruins

The ruins / Staining hearts / And Crumbling Covenants

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.

Sexual Assualt & The Law: More Than “Locker Room Talk”

Click on the link below to read what the law says about abuse. Learn about the statutes in your state and recent legal decisions.

‘Dear Victim,’ A Letter

"Among their most dangerous features are a callous disregard for the rights of others and a propensity for violating norms. They can charm and manipulate others for their own gain, conning with no regard for anyone's feelings." What does this "callous disregard" look like? Here's a glimpse into the mind of a predator.

Healing Through Art

  Last summer I traveled to London and The Netherlands with students for a Global Leadership Summit on Human Rights. The trip’s theme was Artistic Expression as a Human Right. Kids saw the stre… Source: Healing Through Art    ... Continue Reading →

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