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”

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”

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”

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”

Overlapping Difficulties: Preliminary Findings on PTSD and TBI Symptoms

by Anne P. DePrince & Naomi Wright Our team and others around the country have sounded the alarm about the high rates of traumatic brain injury (TBI) among women seeking services for intimate partner abuse (IPA). While many people recover from TBIs without complications, consequences can persist for some people. Some of those consequences, suchContinue reading “Overlapping Difficulties: Preliminary Findings on PTSD and TBI Symptoms”

A Cover and Now a Countdown: Every 90 Seconds

Book writing is kind of lonely, I’ve learned. Until recently, my career as an academic trauma psychologist focused on writing with other people — students, colleagues, community partners — to publish journal articles, book chapters, and edited volumes. I understand the pace and process of that kind of writing. Trade book writing is different, though.Continue reading “A Cover and Now a Countdown: Every 90 Seconds”

Of Deserts, Dialectics, and Trauma Work

My camera in hand, the desert’s quickly changing light and sweeping landscapes always bring to mind a dialectic. We are small compared to the passage of time, recorded in the history of a dry river bed. We are tiny compared to the enormity of a sky that that can hold a full moon setting asContinue reading “Of Deserts, Dialectics, and Trauma Work”