One of my friends was raped by her brother this morning. I feel pretty damn useless. I mean, right after it happened when she texted me, there was stuff I could do. Like call 911 and get them out there, contact her boyfriend, advise her not to shower or bathe till she'd had the rape kit. But there's really NOTHING I can say that will make this situation suck any less.
I remember why I wished prayer was true now. Because I wanted to have something to offer when someone was in pain I… Continue
Added by Angie Jackson on June 2, 2009 at 8:08pm —
The following is an excerpt from my upcoming book "Exodus from Zion".
Warning: This post contains graphic descriptions of abuse.
Outside our summer programs of VBS and choir, most of the time my siblings and I played with the other kids on our block. Ryan and Justin were my brother’s age. Unfortunately, Ryan was usually grounded due to his grades, and Justin was a bully. I remember once when Justin punched me in the side of my head and my brother beat him up… Continue
Added by Angie Jackson on May 31, 2009 at 8:00pm —
A guy I know from class approached me today on break. "Can I have your number to give my girlfriend? She needs someone to talk to." This guy had heard my story, which I've just started being open about in the past year. (This is a counseling/therapy group class.)
She called today and we talked for about an hour. I can see why he asked me in particular. So many things in her story were in mine. Molestation, physical violence from parents, biblical/spiritual abuse, abusive men, drug… Continue
Added by Angie Jackson on May 27, 2009 at 2:33pm —
I am so worked up right now. Sick, angry, sad, pissed off and shaking, Baby!
Just came from the showing of the documentary "All God's Children" at Goss Memorial Church.
This film shows some of the abuse that missionary children endured at the hands of "God's people" at the boarding school they were required to attend while their missionary parents went about building a goddam church in Africa.
This is very similar to the abuse at a Southern Baptist reform school I survived… Continue
Added by Kitty on May 23, 2009 at 9:30pm —
In my work as an advocate for foster children in America, I’ve seen personally a level of abuse that might damage the psyche of an average person. I once saw a two year old child, with a face still so swollen he couldn’t open his eyes, returned to abusive home after two weeks in the hospital because “it was just the first time it happened.” So when I hear the abuse word thrown out willy-nilly, devaluing the plight of children who are actually abused, it makes me want to start a crusade.… Continue
Added by LaRae Meadows on May 4, 2009 at 8:00pm —
This is something I came up with in an EX Jehovah's Witness support group...I sure needed some relief and thought others may too!
Blame and accountability...these are two things that I gave a lot of thought to one year when I attended AA meetings...I was never a real drinker but after tragedy struck my little family, I fell apart.
Being an atheist I had a little trouble with the Judeo-Christian terminology in the 12 steps but the steps themselves were very helpful. I carried a… Continue
Added by Ravenone on March 17, 2009 at 10:00pm —
this went up on richarddawkins.net today.
it's divided into a six parts.
what a freaky family.
100% pure child abuse!!
this girl's parents should be locked up forever....
Added by markystar on March 13, 2009 at 6:02am —
I recently discovered this site and was prompted to make a post here. Mostly because I have come to despise (yes despise) many religionists. I use that term to include any and all who feel a god given urge to promote the need to believe in their particular brand of god, and aggressive push the set of rules they consider to come with that belief.
I know many believers who are secure in their faith and do not feel this need, but I am active on one of the many… Continue
Added by Mark Knowles on February 16, 2009 at 8:53am —
i just went to you tube and found the vid and put a warning up , it is child abuse and so disgusting , with idiots of that stature we as atheists have no need to fear , any intelligent person would see it for what it is insane indoctrination , and as for that child we all know that she is not the infant of an atheist or a humanist not one of us would put our children in that position , and finally all i have to say about that man is HE IS A PIG. Continue
Added by michelliberty on February 12, 2009 at 8:38pm —
ADHD stimulant treatment may decrease risk of substance abuse in adolescent girls
Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers have found that treatment with stimulant drugs does not increase and appears to significantly decrease the risk that girls with ADHD will begin smoking cigarettes or using alcohol or drugs. Their report in the October Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent… Continue
Added by Deepak on January 22, 2009 at 7:00pm —
It's heartening… Continue
Added by Sean the Blogonaut on January 7, 2009 at 6:30pm —
Added by Sherry on September 6, 2008 at 2:43pm —
Today, in the liberally minded England, a Manchester Crown Court jury found a Muslim man guilty of child abuse. Not that unusual....except that the abuse was a religious rite!
I don't think that anyone needs comment that this is real justice, and a real precedent establishing some of the criminal acts that religions have been able to get away with.
Thumbs up to that jury, even though I am sure that at least half of them were just Muslim hating Christians...at least they… Continue
Added by Tex on August 28, 2008 at 5:26pm —
Of all the insults, of all the absurdities and smug assertions of superiority, this one
will always have a special place in my memories. This post, my friends, takes the cake.
I was arguing with somebody on Facebook, and she got so fed up she left in a huff. As is sometimes the case with online debaters who get really worked up about a debate they're in, she set her husband on me.… Continue
Added by Becky Garcia on August 11, 2008 at 7:00pm —
So, I was half-watching Dan Abrams's Verdict! last night and he did a bit about this case.
FORT WORTH, Texas - The Texas Supreme Court on Friday threw out a jury award over injuries a 17-year-old girl suffered in an exorcism conducted by members of her old church, ruling that the case unconstitutionally entangled the court in religious matters.
First off....oh, gee, look...it's Texas, home of Joe Horn. Go figure.
Anyway. Here's the deal:
Added by IsThatLatin on July 30, 2008 at 8:28am —