surviving abuse

What You Don’t Know About Domestic Violence

Did you know that every year the injuries sustained by domestic violence exceed automobile accidents, muggings, and cancer deaths combined!  It is astounding the impact that this has! Cranford found this infographic that gave some staggering stats on domestic violence.  After reading the statistics, take a look at the signs that domestic violence may be occurring in the lives of those close to you.  If you are seeking shelter or resources for yourself, or a loved one, click this link…

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An Uncomfortable Conversation

Self-Protection Includes Communication Even When It is Difficult Sarah Beaulieu is a Boston-based writer, speaker and advocate who has spent the last several years interviewing men and women about sexual violence.  We found her TED Talk the other day and loved the message she is sharing. In a world where 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men have been sexually assaulted, society is looking for a way to stop the violence.  It starts with being willing to have…

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The “Sweet” Side of Domestic Violence

By Cranford Blackmon I love what we do through our company (LaBCaF.com). What I don’t love are the things our classes and blog posts are meant to stop, or at least decrease the likelihood of happening: sexual violence, assaults, abduction, and domestic violence, to name a few. Our focus on “self-protection” is our effort to teach women of all ages to avoid trouble rather than have to handle it with “self-defense.” You know the old but accurate proverb “An ounce…

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The Truth About Your Being Molested or Raped

A message from Cranford: I was driving along the other night listening to a late night talk show on the radio.  The guest was talking about healing your body with energy (or something like that) when a lady called in with a question. The caller said she was almost 50 years old and asked in advance for forgiveness for getting emotional.  The caller then asked what could be done, for herself and other women, to remove the shame and emotional…

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The Benefits of Boldnessity

OK, before we get going here, I just want all of you to know that I made that word up. You know . . . “boldnessity.” The title could have just as easily been “The Benefits of Being Bold” or even “The Benefits of Boldness.” But using those “common” words just felt…lame. Even more so since this is an article about being BOLD! About “BOLDNESSITY!” Making up my own words and just accepting that you will accept them? Yep, that’s…

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Crap can be fertilizer in more ways than one!

The far reaching effects of abuse are amazing. It is amazing how you can be going through your every day life, and BAM! you are now responding to something that “feels” connected to your past, even if it’s not, and you suddenly feel unsafe again (the crap). I have experienced this many times. It was when I had finally “had enough” of the debilitating behaviors that were associated to abuses I experienced as a small girl and as a young…

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