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Introducing Abbi (on the left, owned by MissInspirational) and Alex (on the right, owned by Misjudgment)

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This group's global focus is to support victims and survivors of sexual assault/molestation and/or abuse. UPDATE (11 July 2014): Please read the rules carefully before submitting. Submissions must now be approved by our admins.

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:bulletred: All work submitted must SUPPORT sexual abuse awareness. Any art that depicts sex in an inappropriate way or any piece that is anything off-topic will automatically be declined. This is a group to spread awareness concerning sexual abuse in all forms for victims of all genders and ages.

*UPDATE (16 July 2014): Concerning submissions of our group mascots: From now on, we will only be accepting submissions of Abbi and Alex that are strictly sexual abuse related art. Please keep material that is more heavily fan-related to mainly Ed Edd n Eddy groups only.

*UPDATE (27 August 2014): Please do note (this is a suggestion, not a requirement): It would help our admins out greatly as well if there is a brief description below your submission that can let us know your art is related to our group, especially if this is not already entirely clear by the artwork itself. This way, your work can be approved much quicker. For example, if you want to submit a drawing of an original character who is/was abused and the subject of abuse isn't clear through the illustration, something as simply worded as ''this character is a survivor of abuse'' says enough for us to approve it.




:bulletred: Submissions to Featured are unlimited, meaning you can submit as many works as you please.



:bulletred: All art concerning sexual abuse support and awareness is accepted. That includes art of all mediums (traditional, digital, etc.), fanart, literature, fanfiction, photography, stamps, comics, etc. If you don't see a folder to submit your work, you may send the group a note and request a folder to be made.



:bulletred: Do not bash any members here. This is a support group and we will not tolerate any violence or hate.



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:bulletgreen: WingsofCrippledGlass is a support group with a global focus to spread awareness of sexual abuse in any way, shape, or form. Anyone can join to support the cause— one does not necessarily need to be a victim themselves. If you have known someone who has suffered similar abuse, you are also welcome. Or if you are just an advocate for the cause but have not suffered sexual abuse or have known a victim, you are always welcome to join us and help spread the message.



:bulletgreen: Though we cannot completely stop the sexual abuse of victims ranging from all genders and ages, we can help relieve it by acknowledging the problem and spreading awareness. We appreciate your support.



:bulletgreen: Whether you are a survivor, a friend or relative of a victim, or an advocate, please come join us today.




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Abuse Cases in British City Long Ignored, Report Says

1,400 Children in Rotherham, England, Were Sexually Abused, Report Says


By KATRIN BENNHOLD AUG. 26, 2014

LONDON — A report released on Tuesday on accusations of widespread sexual abuse in the northern England city of Rotherham found that about 1,400 minors — some as young as 11 years old — were beaten, raped and trafficked from 1997 to 2013 as the local authorities ignored a series of red flags.

Some children were doused in gasoline and threatened with being set on fire if they reported their abusers, the report said, and others were forced to watch rapes and threatened with the same fate. In more than a third of the cases, the victims appear to have been known to child protection agencies, but the police and local government officials failed to act.

Within hours of the report’s publication, the leader of the local government council resigned.

“Having considered the report, I believe it is only right that I, as leader, take responsibility on behalf of the council for the historic failings that are described so clearly in the report, and it is my intention to do so,” said Roger Stone, the leader of the Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council since 2003.

The vast majority of perpetrators have been identified as South Asian and most victims were young white girls, adding to the complexity of the case. Some officials appeared to believe that social workers pointing to a pattern of sexual exploitation were exaggerating, while others reportedly worried about being accused of racism if they spoke out. The report accused officials of ignoring “a politically inconvenient truth” in turning a blind eye to men of Pakistani heritage grooming vulnerable white girls for sex.

It was not until 2010 that the first case of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, a South Yorkshire city of about 250,000 people, made it to court. Five men received long prison sentences for grooming three teenage girls for sex. It was one of several high-profile prosecutions over the past four years that revealed sexual exploitation in cities including Oxford, Rochdale and Derby.

The Times of London later published a series of articles claiming that the local authorities had been aware of several instances of sexual abuse that were not prosecuted. The Rotherham Council eventually commissioned an independent inquiry that led to Tuesday’s report.

Alexis Jay, the author of the report and a former chief inspector of social work, said that vulnerable girls as young as 11 and largely from disadvantaged backgrounds had been brutalized by groups of men.

“They were raped by multiple perpetrators, trafficked to other towns and cities in the north of England, abducted, beaten and intimidated,” she wrote.

The report described the failures of the political and police leadership as blatant. Even as social workers reported that the sexual exploitation of children was becoming a serious problem in Rotherham, senior managers in the local authority and South Yorkshire police ignored them. When victims came forward, Ms. Jay said, the police often regarded them “with contempt.”

Three earlier reports, published from 2002 to 2006, detailed the abuse, and according to Ms. Jay, “could not have been clearer in the description of the situation in Rotherham.” But the first one was “effectively suppressed” and the other two “ignored,” she said.

Some officials were apparently ordered by their managers to withhold information on the ethnic origin of the abusers, the report said. As a result, no contact was made with local Pakistani leaders for help in identifying gangs that continued to assault and abduct teenagers.

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A version of this article appears in print on August 27, 2014, on page A11 of the New York edition with the headline: Abuse Cases in British City Long Ignored, Report Says.


Source: NY Times

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Years of Rape and 'Utter Contempt' in Britain

Life in an English Town Where Abuse of Young Girls Flourished


By KATRIN BENNHOLD SEPT. 1, 2014

ROTHERHAM, England — It started on the bumper cars in the children’s arcade of the local shopping mall. Lucy was 12, and a group of teenage boys, handsome and flirtatious, treated her and her friends to free rides and ice cream after school.

Over time, older men were introduced to the girls, while the boys faded away. Soon they were getting rides in real cars, and were offered vodka and marijuana. One man in particular, a Pakistani twice her age and the leader of the group, flattered her and bought her drinks and even a mobile phone. Lucy liked him.

The rapes started gradually, once a week, then every day: by the war memorial in Clifton Park, in an alley near the bus station, in countless taxis and, once, in an apartment where she was locked naked in a room and had to service half a dozen men lined up outside.

She obliged. How could she not? They knew where she lived. “If you don’t come back, we will rape your mother and make you watch,” they would say.

At night, she would come home and hide her soiled clothes at the back of her closet. When she finally found the courage to tell her mother, just shy of her 14th birthday, two police officers came to collect the clothes as evidence, half a dozen bags of them.

But a few days later, they called to say the bags had been lost.

“All of them?” she remembers asking. A check was mailed, 140 pounds, or $232, for loss of property, and the family was discouraged from pressing charges. It was the girl’s word against that of the men. The case was closed.

Lucy’s account of her experience is emblematic of what investigators say happened during a 16-year reign of terror and impunity in this poor northern English town of 257,000, where at least 1,400 children, some as young as 11, were groomed for sexual exploitation while the authorities looked the other way. One girl told investigators that gang rape was part of growing up in her neighborhood.

Between 1997 and 2013, despite numerous reports of sexual abuse, only one case, involving three teenage girls, was prosecuted, and five men were sent to jail, according to an official report into the sexual exploitation of children in Rotherham published last week.

Even now, the official reaction has been dominated by partisan finger-pointing and politics. The leader of the Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council has resigned, and the police chief is under pressure to follow suit. But criminal investigations continue, and more than a dozen victims are suing the police and the Council for negligence.

The scale and brutality of the abuse in Rotherham have shocked a country already shaken by a series of child abuse scandals involving celebrities, public officials, clerics and teachers at expensive private schools. The Rotherham report suggests that it continues unchecked among the most vulnerable in British society.

It has highlighted another uncomfortable dimension of the issue, that of race relations in Britain. The victims identified in the report were all white, while the perpetrators were mostly of Pakistani heritage, many of them working in nighttime industries like taxi driving and takeout restaurants. The same was true in recent prosecutions in Oxford, in southern England, and the northern towns of Oldham and Rochdale, where nine men of Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Afghan origin were given long prison sentences in 2012 for abusing up to 47 girls. Investigators in Scotland have reportedly uncovered a similar pattern of abuse.

Sexual abuse of children takes many forms, and the majority of convicted abusers in Britain are white. But as Nazir Afzal, the chief crown prosecutor in charge of sexual violence and himself of Pakistani heritage, put it, “There is no getting away from the fact that there are Pakistani gangs grooming vulnerable girls.”

The grooming tends to follow a similar pattern, according to Alexis Jay, a former chief inspector of social work who was commissioned by the Rotherham Council to carry out an independent investigation following a series of reports in The Times of London: a period of courting with young men in public places like town centers, bus stations or shopping malls; the gradual introduction of cigarettes, alcohol and sometimes harder drugs; a sexual relationship with one man, who becomes the “boyfriend” and later demands that the girl prove her love by having sex with his friends; then the threats, blackmail and violence that have deterred so many girls from coming forward.

But the report also outlined how those victims and parents who did ask for help were mostly let down by the police and social services, despite a great deal of detail known to them for more than a decade, including, in some cases, the names of possible offenders and their license plate numbers.

“Nobody can pretend they didn’t know,” Ms. Jay said in an interview.

Unimpeded, the abuse mushroomed. Over time, investigators found, it evolved from personal gratification to a business opportunity for the men.

Increasingly, the girls were shared not just among groups of men locally, but sold, or bartered for drugs or guns. They were driven to cities like Sheffield, Manchester and London, where groups of men raped them, sometimes overnight.

When parents reported their daughters missing, it could take 24 hours for the police to turn up, Ms. Jay said. Some parents, if they called in repeatedly, were fined for wasting police time.

Some officers and local officials told the investigation that they did not act for fear of being accused of racism. But Ms. Jay said that for years there was an undeniable culture of institutional sexism. Her investigation heard that police referred to victims as “tarts” and to the girls’ abuse as a “lifestyle choice.”

In the minutes of a meeting about a girl who had been raped by five men, a police detective refused to put her into the sexual abuse category, saying he knew she had been “100 percent consensual.” She was 12.

“These girls were often treated with utter contempt,” Ms. Jay said.

Lucy, now 25 but too scared to give her last name because, she said, the men who brutalized her still live nearby, knows about contempt. During an interview at her home outside Rotherham, she recalled being questioned about her abuse by police officers who repeatedly referred to the main rapist as her “boyfriend.”

The first time she was raped, there were nine men, she said, one on top of her, another to pin her down and force himself into her mouth. Two others restrained a friend of hers, holding open her eyelids to make her watch. The rest of the men, all in their 20s, stood over her, cheering and jeering, and blinding her with the flash of their cameras.

It was November 2002, and Lucy was 13.

When she went to bed that night, she found a text message from the man who had groomed her for months: “Did you get home all right?”

She hesitated, then texted back: “Yes, I’m fine.”

At that moment, she said, rape became normality. “I thought, ‘This must be my fault, I must have given them a signal,’ ” she said.

Unlike other victims, Lucy came from a stable family. Her parents owned a convenience store and post office. They lived in a middle-class neighborhood. “I had been brought up in a nice world,” she said. “I thought rapists were people hiding in bushes, and pedophiles were people who drive white vans and park outside schools.”

After that first rape, she said, she began to think she had overreacted, and told her friend that she had been upset because she had lost her virginity. After school, they went back to the town center. The leader of the group took her to McDonald’s and rolled her a marijuana cigarette, she said. For a week, it was as if nothing had happened.

Then he raped her again, and soon the rules changed. The girls were to speak only when spoken to. They had to sit quietly in town and wait. Taxis would come by and pick them up. They were raped by different men in different places, mostly outdoors.

There seemed to be no way out. “They threatened to gang-rape my mother, to kill my brother and to firebomb my house,” Lucy said.

Once, she said, when they thought she might go to the police, a man with gold teeth whom she had never seen before dragged her into his car, a dark-green Honda with left-side drive, and put a gun to her head: “On the count of three you’re dead,” she said he told her. He pulled the trigger on three, but nothing happened. “Keep your mouth shut,” he said. “Next time there will be a bullet inside.”

Eventually, Lucy’s parents sold their business and moved to Spain for 18 months. “It became quite clear that leaving the country was the only way we could save Lucy,” said her mother, who participated in parts of the interview.

Lucy experienced years of depression and anorexia, her mother said. She now works as a consultant on child sexual exploitation issues for police departments and charities.

“They say it’s vulnerable girls these people are after,” her mother said. “Well, of course they’re vulnerable. They’re innocent. They’re children.”

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A version of this article appears in print on September 2, 2014, on page A1 of the New York edition with the headline: Years of Rape and ‘Utter Contempt’ in Britain.


Source: NY Times
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You want to tell someone.
But how can you begin to tell?
Who do you tell?
Where do you go? Who do you turn to?
Who will listen?
Who will care?
Who will have open arms?
Who will shield us with their wings?
Who will take my hand and guide us to the end of time?
But the only wings I have are shattered... crippled like glass.
And I cannot find the strength to fly.
I cannot find the voice to cry out and say: ''Help me. Please help me.''


- A poem by S. Chowdhurry, my sister; written a year after her rape


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So yes, the creator of one of our group mascots, Alex, has sadly deactivated her account for reasons unknown ---> Misjudgment

However, she will not be forgotten.

In remembrance of Misjudgment AKA Kylea Amber Riffle, who sadly left us. :(

MisjudgmentAs we all know, :iconmisjudgment: has deactivated her account, and although I have never had an encounter with her on here her art was very meaningful and inspirational to me. I want all of you guys to remember how awesome she is! Especially her Oc Alex :iconalex-fans:
here is the link to a video i made in her memory
Kylea Amber Riffle (AKA Misjudgment)So yes, the news is spreading like wildfire all throughout dA and the EEnE community, but :iconmisjudgment: has sadly deactivated her account, I just found out yesterday morning. It has come as a real shock to all of us who have admired her, and especially for those who knew her personally.
 
I haven't e-mailed her in awhile so I don't know what happened, but I am extremely torn and upset about it. I am concerned for her health and well-being, and I feel so helpless, being far off in another country, safe behind hospital walls. I suppose all we can do is pray and hope she is alive and well.
 
She will be greatly missed. She was an amazing artist and a very good person, and despite her lengthy hiatus, she was in my thoughts and prayers every day. I know things haven't gone easy for her or her family, so I am hoping for the best and trying not to think the worst.
 
Likewise, my activity here may slow down a bit since I'm acutely upset over this. I can't seem to think about

MisjudgmentHey guys…. Does anyone know why :iconmisjudgment: deactivated her account? I just realized she did and now I'm very sad. Is she coming back? :( MisjudgmentHey guys…. Does anyone know why :iconmisjudgment: deactivated her account? I just realized she did and now I'm very sad. Is she coming back? :(



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Rape/Indecent Assault Crisis Counselling - 0800 735 0567
National Domestic Violence Helpline - 08457 023468
Men's Advice Line and Enquiries - 020 8 644 9914
Kiran - Asian Women's Aid - 020 8558 1986
Samaritans - 08457 909090
Man2Man - 0208 698 9649
Mens Aid - 0871 223 9986
NSPCC - 0800 800500

USA
National Domestic Violence Hotline - 1-800-799-7233
National Child Abuse Hotline - 1-800-422-4453
Child Abuse Hotline - 1-800-540-4000
National Sexual Assault Hotline - 1-800-656-HOPE
National Human Trafficking Resource Center - 1-888-373-7888
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255

Websites
ChildLine (UK)
Survivors of Incest Anonymous (courtesy of childabusesurvivors)
Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network
This is ABUSE (UK)
Rape Crisis England & Wales
All Wales Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Helpline
The Havens (for rape and sexual assault in London)
IKWRO (for Middle Eastern girls and women in the UK)
Men's Advice Line (for male domestic violence victims in the UK)
Refugue - Domestic Violence Help (UK)
Southall Black Sisters (for minority women and child victims of domestic violence in the UK)
The Survivors Trust
Welsh Women's Aid (domestic abuse in Wales)
Women's Aid (domestic violence in the UK)
DreamCenter.org (Human Trafficking)
U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE.gov) (Human Trafficking)
National Human Trafficking Resource Center
Spread the Words of Awareness (Human Trafficking)
Kids Helpline (Sexting)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Samartians.org (for people in distress, including suicidal thoughts)

deviantART Articles
Rape StatisticsI haven't given this a mature label because I don't plan to be graphic and I won't use strong language (what would be the point?), but I will be discussing rape statistics, so if you are sensitive towards that, be warned. This is not a happy journal.

We all know that women are raped every year. The media and feminists have made that abundantly clear. After laws included men as victims as rape victims as well as women (there is a myth that the law makes it impossible for a man to be a victim of rape), we are becoming increasingly aware that men are raped as well. However, no one knows the exact number of rapes that take place every year as rape and sexual assault crimes are by far some of the most under-reported crimes worldwide, be the victims male or female (it's suspected that 60% of rape cases go unreported, but that number is up in the air seeing as we can't put an exact number on something that goes unreported). Female victims are more likely to alert auth
Domestic Violence in the United States Author’s Note:
    This was a college term paper on domestic violence and abuse in America and has been altered some so the resource information is right after the quotes, so not in full term paper format. This is not a teaching example of writing a term paper but it may help college and university students with information on domestic violence and abuse. 
Introduction
    Domestic violence and abuse in the United States has affected people throughout its history and is a factor in many families’ lives today, affecting the victims both physically and psychologically. The victims and perpetrators of domestic violence can be male or female, heterosexual or homosexual, young or old. Though, the majority of cases are still the male as the perpetrator and the female as the victim. This type of violence can be found in different religious, racial, and ethnic groups and different socioeconomic and class backgrounds. The v
New Victim-Blaming Ads[Source: Feministing- http://feministing.com/2011/12/07/pa-liquor-control-board-to-teens-rape-is-your-fault-and-your-friends-fault/ ]
PA Liquor Control Board to teens: Rape is your fault, and your friends’ fault!
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board recently released a new ad campaign, Control Tonight, that attempts to curb teen drinking. Their case? Don’t drink too much, or else you’ll get raped, but hey–that’s your fault, because we warned you!
One ad features a young girl’s legs, underwear around the ankles, as she lays on what appears to be a bathroom floor. The text reads, “She didn’t want to do it, but she couldn’t say no.”
The campaign even blames the victim’s friends–the Control Tonight website reads:
“Calling the shots starts with you. What if you didn’t watch out for your friends during a night of drinking?”
The campaign blatantly
Female sexual abusers"Society expects the mother of a toddler would do everything in her power to make sure her child is protected from harm,"
While female sexual abusers are rare in the court system, those who deal with child sexual abuse know that cases that do come through are far from unique. A national study released in 2005 shows that biological mothers were the perpetrators of sexual abuse in five per cent of the substantiated cases investigated by child welfare authorities.
The instance is probably higher, since researchers are certain that many cases of child sexual abuse never come to light. "A lot of people have difficulty believing women are capable of sexually abusing children,"
Even victims of such abuse, looking back at it as adults, have a hard time talking about it. When work and survays have been done within prisons it is found that many men had been abused by women but that they often had difficulty identifying it as abuse.
A U.S. report, entitled Child Sexual Abuse — The Predators,
Teenage Trafficking Survivors NEED YOUR HELP! NOW!As many of you know, I work for StreetLightUSA
A non-profit lifehouse for survivors of sex trafficking, as well as sexual exploitation.
These girls have been through hell, and we are one of the few organizations out there that actually has beds for them. When they come to StreetLight, their life begins! They get school, their own bed, a bedroom, clothes, shampoo, everything they need! They have "house moms" rather than caretakers. These are women who do act as their mothers and cook for them, help them with their school assignments, teach them things, watch movies with them, play games...
But we want to do more for them. We NEED to do more. All you have to do is vote, there is a link in there to the voting page: http://dmlcompetition.net/project/summer-technology-camp-and-digital-learning-event
That's honestly all we need, we have everything else set up for it. We have professionals willing to teach the lessons, we have the campus available,
A Documentary Response to Born Into Brothels      What similarities could one find between the Red Light district in India and the urban landscape of the capital of China? I could see two: the unjust government and two hopeless boys. After watching "Born Into Brothels", I found a striking similarity to one of the boys from the brothels with my cousin; his name is Avijid.
      Although I do no dare to compare my cousin's privileged life with those kids from the documentary, I still see a similar sort of emotion shine through. These kids, being so young, already have a sense of despair. They were put into a situation that they cannot escape, nor did they way --hence the "born into". The same could be said of my cousin and all the classmates I left behind in China, and it was Avijid that made me see this. His sort of "tough act", pretending as though he doesn't care and nothing really matters; this is almost a reflection of my cousin. Although he seems strong on the outside, but on the inside, there's a deep well of hope
Men can be raped too
Myth: Men can't be sexually assaulted.
Reality: Men can be, and are, sexually assaulted every day. Any man can be sexually assaulted regardless of their size, strength, appearance, occupation, race or sexual orientation. Male rape can happen at home, work, out doors, in a  car, in the military, prisons, in locker rooms, rest rooms, public toilets, in fact just about anywhere a rapist thinks they can get away with it, and it can happen to any male.
It should also be noted that it is not unusual for a male to "freeze" during a rape, in part due to shock, and fear of ones life. Remember, the rapist will no doubt have done this before, and hence be prepared for what happens, but few, if any men, have even considered in their mind the possibility of such things happening and are thus totally unprepared.
Myth: Only gay men are sexually assaulted.
Reality: Although gay men are raped slightly more often than heterosexual men this is due more to the fact that they can be the target an
HONOR KILLINGS AND FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATIONHONOR KILLINGS AND FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION
AS A FOLLOW UP TO MY PREVIOUS JOURNAL/PIECE ON
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN – FACTS TODAY             VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN...FACTS TODAY..         WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW....
A  few days ago, a woman in Afghanistan was merely accused of adultery and  was executed in the street with the Taliban cheering on her murderer.
One   of the women protesting was killed, unfortunately.  These women have the strength of a million souls...if they can do it...why can't we? :nod:
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/07/11/taliban-execution-of-afghan-woman-causes-outraged-activists-to-mobilize.html
Please Read: Spread the WordLately, I've been trying to raise awareness on human trafficking. My goal is for the awareness to spread towards people and for these people to pass it on to others. Hopefully it will go to the more isolated parts of the world and let people in those areas be aware of it too. I believe that once everybody is aware of it, it will prevent people (especially girls) to fall into the human trafficking trap.
I made a website where it shows us how we can SPREAD THE WORD. 
http://spreadthewordsofawarene…
If you do not want to read on the website, below is a summary of what you can do:
Spread the word on the dangers of human trafficking (like a warning) -basically a message for people to be aware of it- through your social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. 
You could also make something like videos, artwork or take photographs. 
Share it on places like YouTube, DeviantArt, Flickr, etc. 
I plan to make on
Childhood sexual abuse for boysDespite public opinion to the contrary, it most definitely exists and it is a problem. One study by the CDC found that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys had experienced some form of unwanted sexual contact before age 16. The same study found that boys suffer similar long-term negative consequences to that of girls. Additionally, the CDC study kept track of the sex of the abusers and found that 40% of the abusers of the boys are women. This study is not isolated as there are several studies all reaching approximately the same conclusions.
This information has been out there for a while and yet popular media sources seem prone to simply ignore or even hide the suffering of boys. There is even one website which gives a rather extensive and unbiased look childhood victims of sexual assault that acknowledges boys fairly accurately. However, one of the studies they employ seems to suggest that of all the different categories of sexual abuse, ranging from the least intrusive of simple touching to
Dealing With Sexual Trauma And Abuse:WARNING: Because of the subject matter of this discussion topic, those of you who feel you might be triggered by details of rape, sexual abuse and other related issues, please use careful digression. If you feel that these topics are too strong for you and that you cannot handle reading or commenting/replying in a stable, mature manner, please do not read any farther. Thank you.
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We have all survived through abuse. It's a fact. It's what's caused us to have the mental disorder that's brought us together here. For most of us, that abuse has been of a sexual nature at some point or another. Sexual abuse takes on many forms and produces many types of victims. It's all pending on how we cope. For a lot of us, the things we've survived have made us who we are today.
After looking over replies and details from previous discussion topics, I've realized that a lot of the people here would not choose to relive through the abuse they've experienced. A select few have mentioned that t
Gang Rape
We think of rape as an individual not a group act. It is difficult to grasp its social dimention. We assume that, like sex, it takes place in private. It is difficult enough to face the idea of rape. To envisage gang rape is even harder, it is easier to ignore the distinction, to class it all as rape. Yet the historical origins of rape rest with the gang. The Latin word from which rape derives mean "to seize or carry off". In ancient times, warring tribes abducted women, who then became the spoils of war.
It is generally believed for men who engage in gang rape to be pathological bullies, fiends or maniacs, and that gang rape is far less common that individual rape. The findings of research refute these assumptions. One of the first American researchers to analyse the characteristics of men reported to the police for rape in Philadelphia found that 43% of the 1292 men operated in pairs of gangs (Amir 1971). 55% raped in gangs and 16% in pairs. Contrary to prior research this study also
Acquantance rape
Did you know that marital Rape was only made a criminal act in the UK in 1991? Up until then it was considered impossible for a man to rape or sexually assault his wife. To quote:
"A husband cannot rape his wife unless the parties are seperated or the court has by injunction forbidden him to interfere with his wife or he has given an undertaking in court no to interfere with her." (The Law Made Simple, The Chaucer Press, 1981)
Stranger rape is usually a one-off, someone you don't know, with whom you don't share any experiences or history. When the assault happens, there can be no doubt as to what is happening: that it is Rape (though even in such situations the victim will often wonder what she has done to precipitate the assault and will blame herself).
In marital rape (and other forms of acquaintance rape) the circumstances are very different. It is – quite apart from a physical and sexual violation – a betrayal of trust. Here is a person whom you thought you knew intimatel

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(For those of you who are at Arts-and-Health, we are helping to promote this week with the group Spreading-Awareness. Please feel free to join us there for this week's activities and discussions!)
We hope to provide some understanding about suicide and the risk factors for it. This week's topics will include:
:bulletblack: Introduction to Suicide Awareness Week, by Aeirmid
:bulletblack: Factors of Suicide, by Wataqo
:bulletblack: Coping and Seeking Help, by akkajess and Astralseed
:bulletblack: Suicide and Who It Affects Part 1, by HuntingForHappiness
:bulletblack: Suicide and Who It Affects Part 2, by Nichrysalis
:bulletblack: Reaching Out, by Astrikos
:bulletblack: Suicide Awareness Week: In Closing, by Nichrysalis
Basic facts about suicide
Did you know that suicide is a top 10 cause of death in the United States? W
Suicide is No SolutionAs human beings, we are drawn to those of who we share similar experiences with. Browsing deviantART lately I have noticed how many young people we have here and along with this I have discovered by reading Journals that many of the younger ones here suffer from Depression and many more speak of death and dying by suicide as if it were some solution, I want you to know that it really is not.
I want to bring to attention some facts that I learned too late in hopes that if you or someone you care for is in danger you will seek help because you or your loved one CAN be helped.
  
  Studies show that DEPRESSION alone carries it's own risk factors for suicide but add to this ANXIETY and/or PANIC DISORDER and the risk rises dramatically.  
Follow these links for more information on Depression, Anxiety and Panic Disorder.
http://www.healthyplace.com/communities/depression/related/depression_anxiety.asp
http://www.healthcentral.com/anxiety/introdu


Below: These lists are neither meant to be ''best of'' lists nor are they extensive—they are simply lists of titles that I am aware of and have reviewed. Furthermore, these are not meant to be enjoyable reads or entertaining views, but to offer insights.

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:bulletblue:Broken by Shy Keenan (2008) - About an English woman who as a child, was severely sexually abused by her stepfather.
:bulletblue:3,096 Days in Captivity: The True Story of My Abduction, Eight Years in Enslavement, and Escape by Natascha Kampusch (2011) - The infamous Austrian case of a 10-year-old girl who was abducted in 1998 and had been missing for eight years.
:bulletblue:A Stolen Life: A Memoir by Jaycee Dugard (2012) - Graphic, yet revealing about an infamous American child abduction case that became a nation-wide media sensation in 1991 and lasted for eighteen years.

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:bulletblue:Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (1955) - Probably one of the most misinterpreted and controversial classic novels, it is told from the point-of-view of an unreliable narrator sexually obsessed with a 12-year-old girl and through his careless actions, he ultimately destroys her life as well as his own.
:bulletblue:Push by Sapphire (1996) - The main character, a 16-year-old girl of colour, deals with many social issues, including being abused by her mother and raped by her father, in which she mothers two of his children.
:bulletblue:The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (1999) - While the novel itself does not deal with sexual abuse directly, Charlie, an Aspie teen holds repressed memories of a beloved relative who molested him as a child.
:bulletblue:Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (1999) - During the summer before her high school freshman year, Melinda is raped by someone she trusts at a party and unable to verbally communicate what happened to her, she sinks into depression and begins speaking less and less.
:bulletblue:The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (2002) - A 14-year-old girl is graphically raped and murdered and watches her family from the afterlife; partially inspired by Sebold's own experiences with rape in university.
:bulletblue:Sold by Patricia McCormick (2006) - A 13, 14-year-old girl from Nepal is illegally sold into prostitution in India; partially based on true accounts from girls the author interviewed.

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Thank you for showing interest in my art. 
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Strange group lol, thanks for wanting to add my art to it.
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How is this a ''strange'' group? It's a support group.
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It wasn't said in a negative light.
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Oh...

What did you mean by this, then?

I'm sorry, your tone wasn't clear to me.
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kelsi-laurin Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for requesting to add Auto bio graph [s]ic all day dream i n g to your gallery.  I would also be glad to join your group!
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You're welcome. And yes, feel free to join. Welcome! :blowkiss:
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Thank you for requesting to add my It Did Happen into your gallery, I am honored and I will glady join your group too. 
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