Hope and the Radical Acknowledgment of the World As It Is

I woke up on that last Friday of June with to-do lists and half-memorized remarks running through my head. I was facing down a morning packed with meetings ahead of attending the Rose Andom Center‘s Summer Connections Gala where I was to receive their Building Hope Award. I’d been working on my remarks all week.Continue reading “Hope and the Radical Acknowledgment of the World As It Is”

Taking Action with the TSS Group

We know more than ever about violence against women — and yet violence against women remains dreadfully common. A central theme of Every 90 Seconds — which launched this month — is how to transform that awareness to widespread, collaborative action. In the book, I argue that collaborative action will require recognizing that each ofContinue reading “Taking Action with the TSS Group”

At the Nexus of Intimate Partner Abuse, Asthma, and Brain Injury

by Anne DePrince and Eileen Wang Intimate partner violence (IPV) is associated with a host of health impacts — including worsened adult asthma outcomes among adult victims and their children. That’s what Dr. Eileen Wang from National Jewish Hospital documented in a recent review of some three dozen research studies on the topic. Looking closer,Continue reading “At the Nexus of Intimate Partner Abuse, Asthma, and Brain Injury”

Every 90 Seconds: A Book Launch and A Path Forward

Every 90 Seconds has (finally) arrived! The book’s launch this month is a culmination of a journey that has involved so many of you: The survivors who shared their stories and perspectives with the TSS Group. The victim service providers who work in our communities day in and day out. The colleagues who collaborated withContinue reading “Every 90 Seconds: A Book Launch and A Path Forward”

3 Ways to Respond to a Sexual Assault Disclosure

Sexual assault is dreadfully common – so common that many of us are likely to hear disclosures from people we know. Indeed, when survivors do disclose, it’s often to friends, family, or other informal support people.  How we respond to sexual assault disclosure matters – sometimes for the worse. Unfortunately, there are many unhelpful and even hurtful ways toContinue reading “3 Ways to Respond to a Sexual Assault Disclosure”

Where Research Meets Denim This April

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (#SAAM) comes around each April, offering a chance for us to transform increased attention to sexual assault into collaborative action for change. This year, the Traumatic Stress Studies Group is participating in #SAAM by getting the word out about sexual assault research on Prevalence (Week 1), Common Reactions to Disclosures (WeekContinue reading “Where Research Meets Denim This April”

A Rideshare on the Road to Change

The four of us left the restaurant together, having celebrated a friend’s birthday. Laughing and carrying on, we made our way to the Lyft that idled across the street. A woman smiled warmly at us from the driver’s seat. As she drove us through Portland’s nighttime streets, our banter turned to the kinds of conversationsContinue reading “A Rideshare on the Road to Change”

3 Ways to Take Action to End Sexual Assault

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. August ushers in college orientations and sexual assault prevention programming. These cyclical events bring bursts of attention to sexual violence in its many forms. Increasing attention to and awareness of the scope of the problem of sexual assault is important for many reasons. For instance, talking openly about sexualContinue reading “3 Ways to Take Action to End Sexual Assault”

Legal, Legal, Legal: A Tool for Screening Legal Needs

“She failed to legal legal, which is legally legal, per legal.” That’s how a rapid-fire exchange between a magistrate and lawyer sounds to Alex, the protagonist in Netflix’s hit series Maid. In this particular episode, Alex appears at a custody hearing wearing clothes borrowed from the woman staying one floor above her at a domesticContinue reading “Legal, Legal, Legal: A Tool for Screening Legal Needs”

Since You’re Here: From Impostor to Action

I’ve always tended towards anxious thoughts. They hit a particularly fevered pitch in my first year of graduate school, many moons ago. I’d just uprooted and moved from the east coast to Oregon to join a dozen first year graduate students at the University of Oregon. Each of them seemed better prepared, smarter, more [fillContinue reading “Since You’re Here: From Impostor to Action”