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  1. How I lost my mother, found my family, recovered my identity

    Betty Ann Adam recounts her experiences as a child of the “’60s Scoop” — a period which spanned 30 years in Canada — where Indigenous children were removed from their families in a government-sanctioned bid to “remove the Indian from the child.”

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  2. Her.

    Sarah reflects on a complicated history she refuses to repeat. “I can tell you that I loved my grandmother deeply, and yet most of the tears I’ve shed over her death were for myself, because I wished that she were different.”

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  3. What we talk about when we talk about sexual harassment

    Michael Hobbes on the societal blindness that puts the blame for harassment on the victim: “If you have never been hurt by jokes about your gender or your race or your sexuality, those who complain about them seem oversensitive.”

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  4. Toledo, Ohio 1977

    Sean Thomas Dougherty remembers Toledo, Ohio, in the late 1970s: “We were the color of food stamps and free lunch, blue denim and wide lapels.”

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    Photo by Daniel Pasikov (CC BY-SA 2.0)
  5. On Success

    As the writer’s success as an author grew and grew, so did the abuse at home — until finally, she left the man who she loved, but who couldn’t allow her to succeed.

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  6. Things I Never Told Her

    At Granta, Marian Ryan pens a longform essay on rationalizing abuse, the vulnerability of the body, the failures of compassion, and being stalked on Facebook.

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  7. Advanced Placement

    Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman’s “Advanced Placement” is a course on deconstructing abuse: “Do you want to die? He asks you over and over again.”

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  8. Just Below the Surface: My Relationship With Alcohol

    “It stops today, I swear. Right after I finish this glass.” Danielle Dayney confronts alcoholism.

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  9. The Abuse and Despair I Saw on a First Nations Reserve

    “I easily grew distracted, drawn into thoughts of Kashechewan. Each memory triggered anxiety, anger and guilt.” Alexandra Shimo suffered PTSD after researching her book, Invisible North: The Search For Answers on a Troubled Reserve.

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  10. Jill Soloway on Donald Trump, Locker Rooms, and Toxic Masculinity

    In the wake of the leaked audio of Donald Trump bragging about sexual assault, Transparent creator Jill Soloway discusses how men turn women into Others, and other men into accomplices.

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  11. My Egyptian Fortune Cookie

    Lisa Lim’s stepfather abducted her sister: “There was one mistress my mother called Saint Lena who swelled with compassion for my mother. She told Mohammed that if he didn’t give my mother back her daughter, they were over.”

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    Image by Lisa Lim
  12. Just a Ferryman

    “He loves me when he’s sober, when there are no bootleggers.” Dan Branch reflects on being a domestic lawyer in Alaska.

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    Photo by Fabrizio (CCBY SA 2.0)
  13. The Gloria Sirens

    A communal blog by and for women writers, the contributors at The Gloria Sirens cover a wide range of topics, from publishing and teaching to feminism and surviving abuse.

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  14. Meanwhile, pretending to a group of teens that there is a clear set of rules that will keep them safe while the list of things that gets you killed on the spot if you happen to be black gets longer and longer is just like that abusive spouse trying to shift blame on to the victim.

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  15. An Open Letter to the Journalist Who Thinks I’m Lying

    Emily Eveland’s xoJane post about seeking revenge against her rapist went viral. Then came the social-media backlash questioning the authenticity of her narrative. This is her response.

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