Thursday, February 11, 2016

People You Should Know: History of the Anti Rape Movement

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

History of the Anti Rape Movement  - People You Should Know

Here's a brief history lesson in the movers and shakers within the Anti-Rape Movement.  We all need to be grateful to people like Susan B. Anthonly, Laura X, and the other individuals listed below.

The following used to be posted on The Awareness Center's web page.  I'm slowly moving this information to my blog.  Please be patient for all the links to be working.


  1. Susan B. Anthony
  2. Feige Aufscher
  3. Ellen Bass
  4. Lucy Berliner
  5. E. Sue Blume
  6. Michael Brecher
  7. Neil Brick
  8. Susan Brownmiller
  9. Ann Wolbert Burgess
  10. Sandra Butler
  11. Diana Carson
  12. Irene Deschenes
  13. Andrea Dworkin
  14. Toni Cavanagh Johnson
  15. Sophia Chamys
  16. Laurieann Chutis
  17. Marcia Cohn-Spiegel
  18. Letty Cottin Pogrebin
  19. Christine A. Courtois
  20. Laura Davis
  21. Peter Dimock 
  22. Tom Economus
  23. Barbara Engel
  24. Beverly Engel
  25. Dale English
  26. Anne Marie Erikkson
  27. Erik H. Erikson, PhD
  28. Erik Erikkson
  29. Hank Estrada
  30. David Finkelhor
  31. Frank L. Fitzpatrick
  32. Yvonne Fedderson
  33. Ken Followell
  34. Howard Fradkin
  35. Renée Fredrickson, PhD
  36. Rebecca Freedman
  37. William N. Friedrich
  38. Sandi Gallant
  39. James Garbarino
  40. Eliana Gil
  41. Chezi Goldberg (Scott Goldberg)
  42. Jean Goodwin
  43. Judith Herman
  44. Jan Hindman
  45. Beverly Holman
  46. Lynda Lytle Holmstrom
  47. Jim Hopper
  48. Mic Hunter
  49. Marc Klaas
  50. Alicia Kozakiewicz
  51. Laura X
  52. Murray Levin
  53. Mike Lew
  54. Rachel Liberman
  55. Sharon L. Lowenstein
  56. Wendy Maltz
  57. Leah Marinelli
  58. Nancy Mayer
  59. Helen McGonigle
  60. Ava Miedzinski
  61. Alice Miller
  62. Ellen Mugmon
  63. Toby Myers
  64. Sara O'Meara
  65. Debra Nussbaum Cohen
  66. Peter Parker (AKA: Spider-Man)
  67. Vicki Polin
  68. Eugene Porter
  69. Polly Poskin
  70. Sally Jesse Raphael
  71. Florence Rush
  72. Diana Russell
  73. Margaret Sanger
  74. Judge Charles B. Schudson
  75. Bob Schwiderski 
  76. Kathy Shaw
  77. Ken Singer
  78. Rick Springer
  79. Rachel Steamer
  80. Gloria Steinham
  81. Lucy Stone
  82. Jim Struve
  83. Roland C. Summit
  84. Marlo Thomas
  85. Debby Tucker 
  86. Tim Walsh
  87. Lynn Wasnak
  88. Charles Whitfield
  89. Susan Weidman Schneider
  90. Jan Wohlberg
Historic Organizations You Should Know

  1. National Clearinghouse on Marital and Date Rape
  2. S4OS - Speaking for Our Selves
  3. VOICES In Action (Victims Of Incest Can Emerge Survivors)

History of Child Abuse Laws: US To Press Ban On Beating Children

1963 was the year that they really started to ban beating children. That was only 53 years ago.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Still In Love After Seventy-Three Years

I was in line at a grocery store the other night when I started chatting with a 92-year-old man. 

While we were waiting we started chatting. He told me that he and his wife just got home from Florida. She sent him to the store to get potatoes, yet he was coming home with much more. He also picked up 3 dozen absolutely beautiful roses. 

I asked if it was their anniversary? He said no. He said his home was empty of flowers and that the love of his life deserved only the best. He told me they've been married since 1943, and that he has always made sure his woman always had roses.

Addictions: Applying For State And/Or Federal Aid

The following statement has been going around on social media sites for a few years, suggesting that there be a requirement for those who apply for State or Federal aid be drug tested –– and if they come up positive, they would be denied benefits. 

As a mental health professional who has worked in a methadone clinic and also have worked with individuals with addiction issues in my private practice, I felt the need to share some facts with you.

Those who have addictions issues also often have serious mental health issues (usually they have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and or are bipolar) and need help. Statistically about 98% of them were abused as children, primarily sexually abused. Without help these individuals would be homeless, eating out of garbage cans, and will most likely die at an early age.

I personally believe this practice should be illegal. People with addition issues ARE considered mentally ill.  By denying benefit's, our government would be practicing a form of discrimination against those with a disability.
There is also the fact that a vast number of those using illicit drugs who are veterans who have returned after serving our country. 

To deny these folks who have serious PTSD and or are bipolar any sort of benefits is a way to turn your back on so many of the folks you grew up with (and or family members). 

Instead of denying them benefits how about having someone help them with their finances and start funding mental health so they can get help. 

I was also informed that Florida reversed this practice.  When they implemented this plan nearly everyone was clean so the expense of the testing did not outweigh the savings it was discontinued.
–– Vicki Polin, MA, LCPC